On the day we visited Hassan Tower in Rabat, we were not allowed to go farther beyond the gate. It was around Ramadan and the guard told us that it’s closed for the day because there was some kind of celebration inside. We managed to ask him permission to stay few steps past the gate so we could admire it for a while and take photos as souvenirs. He gladly allowed us but his eyes were alert, just in case we’d go beyond the space he allowed us to stand.
So, these photos are the only ones that I captured.
Hassan Tower is an iconic landmark in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city.
It is dominating the city’s skyline and it looks grand from Sale, a small town across the river.
If you look at it closely, the minaret is obviously unfinished.
Sultan Yacub Al-Mansur planned it to be 60 meters tall but it stopped at 44 meters when he died.
The Sultan envisioned it to be the world’s largest mosque at that time.
The design is similar to Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech and Gerald in Sevilla, Spain.
The minaret is surrounded by unfinished, shattered pillars.
These pillars are the ones that survive during the earthquake in 1755.
Nearby, you’ll find the Mausoleum of Mohammad V.
The complex which also includes a garden is free to explore.
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