Casablanca: The Must-See Places of the Lovely Capital of Morocco (Part Two)
Casablanca is a beautiful city of less than 400 km2 of surface that is located in the western part of Morocco. Casablanca is located on the coast of this country, which makes it a very desirable destination for tourists. If you plan to travel to this mesmerizing city, here is a list of places to visit and if you haven’t done it yet, check out the first part of our article here.
The Moroccan Jewish Museum
The only Jewish museum in the lands ruled by Islam was inaugurated in 1996 and among its most renowned collections you can find objects such as mezuzot, Torah scrolls, synagogue benches, menorot, coins minted in the Hebrew language, books and plaques written in Moroccan Judeo-Arabic, Hashkas and Judeo-Berber, wedding dresses and other employees on traditional holidays, photographs and even videos of the different Jewish communities in the country.
To speak of the only Jewish museum in the Arab Muslim world still seems unreal. While political, social and ideological conflicts are daily occurrences, culture, traditions and art still carry the hope of peace. And this museum is a moving example. With all its magnificent symbolic weight, it is a reality in the twenty-first century, in Casablanca, where its director, a Moroccan Jew, has made it possible to bring Jewish culture together in an Arab world. Without a doubt, it is a must-see place in Casablanca.
It is very hard not to think about the movie Casablanca when you are in Casablanca. Even if you’re not a fan of the movie or have never seen it, you’ve probably heard it many times: that love story that you see in almost every corner of the world. Rick’s Cafe was the fictional cabaret in this film, and although it was shot entirely in Hollywood, everyone thought it was shot in Morocco.
So Casablanca didn’t miss this opportunity to become more popular than it may have ever been and created Rick’s Cafe in March 2004. It didn’t take long for tourists to arrive as they saw the cafe’s name reproduced more and more frequently in tourist guidebooks. The city of Casablanca, in the year of the film’s release (1942), was a large port without much of the glamour of today. Its stylized name, in addition to referring to the film, takes us on a journey to a city polished like a diamond.
Rick’s Café has quietly become one of the city’s brands over the past decade. It is an exact representation of the film’s setting, but it’s also a great sample of Moroccan culture, as it’s filled with tiles and wood representing the work of Moroccan craftsmanship.
Mohammed V Square
Mohammed V Square is a spectacular square located in the heart of the city, south of the United Nations Square, with which it communicates through Hassan II Avenue. In the center is a fountain surrounded by imposing palm trees that highlight the Palace of Justice and the Prefecture, whose tower reaches 50 m. The statue between the two buildings pays tribute to General Lyautey, architect of the port of Casablanca. Were you wondering what to see in Casablanca? Without a doubt, this is one of those places.
The Arab League Park
The nerve center of the city is the Mohammed V square. Next to it is the large Arab League Park, the lungs of the city. One of the things to do in Casablanca, without a doubt, is to walk through this park and get to know the square, surrounded by public buildings resplendent with Moorish details. The Grand Théâtre de Casablanca, designed by Christian de Portzamparc , a French citizen of Moroccan origin and Pritzker Prize-winning architect, opened in late 2017.
With this long list of places not to miss when visiting Casablanca, you can be sure that your trip will be full of fabulous experiences and memories. Remember to come back and tell us how it was in the comments below.