THE GATEWAY TO MOROCCO

Casablanca is considered the main gateway to Morocco and the first taste of the country for a lot of visitors. The reason being that it is home to the primary international airport. The city is the business powerhouse and industrial center with a never before seen modern swagger in another part of the country.

HISTORY OF CASABLANCA:

The origin of Casablanca is unknown to this day. It is said that during the 12th century, a town known as ANFA stood on the present-day site. Later in the year 1468, it was destroyed by the Portuguese when it became a pirate’s base for harrying Christian ships.

In 1515, the Portuguese returned to this area, rebuilt this place, and named the newly built town CASA BRANCA or White house. In the year 1755, it was devastated by an earthquake and was abandoned.

Later in the 18th century, it was rebuilt once again by Alawi sultan Sidi Muhammad ibn Abd-Allah. It was given the name DAR AL BEIDA. Later during the 19th century, Casablanca only had one thousand inhabitants.

In the year 1862, a maritime connection was established between Casablanca and Marseille. Later during the year 1912, the port was built, which was the kingdom’s first modern port. After the port was built, it led the country to the most remarkable economic growth in the history of the city and region.

After the port was built, many investors and workers moved here, foreseeing the promising future of this city. Their attraction to the town of DAR AL BAIDA was what made it the kingdom’s most significant financial capital and economic center.

As time went by, the French started to outnumber other Europeans in the city. The name DAR AL BAIDA began to change to Casablanca, and in the year 1907, the town was occupied by the French.

During their rule from 1912 to 1956, the chief port of Morocco became even more prosperous and started to grow at a rapid rate. During world two 1939 to 1945, the British-united states summit conference took place in 1943, and Casablanca was a seat.

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTION IN CASABLANCA:

Casablanca might have a small number of tourist attractions, but you will find some real gems if you delve in deep. Following are some of the tourist attractions of Casablanca.

  1. Hassan II Mosque.
  2. Medina.
  3. Place Mohamed V.

Hassan II Mosque:

Located on the shoreline of the city’s northern tip, it dominated the entirety of the town. The Mosque was finished in 1993, and it covers an area of two hectares. It can accommodate 25,000 worshipers.

Medina:

Compared to the medinas of Fes and Marrakech, it might not be as exotic, but the maze-like tumble of alleyways still has a lot to discover. It resembles a ramshackle neighborhood with an authentic feel of a residential area.

Palace Mohamed V:

Home to many official buildings, including the palace of justice, French consulate, central banks, and the main post office.  The buildings are the neo-Moorish style that French resident General Lyautey planned for the city.

 

LANGUAGE OF CASABLANCA:

Casablanca hosts a lot of people from different countries who speak many different languages. French is omnipresent, but the other languages are also quite widespread. The elites of Morocco who are based in Casablanca can speak French as well and English and Rabat.

Arabic and French are taught in schools at different levels. There are also various cultural institutions like colleges of fine arts, municipal library, horticultural society, and instate for fishing.

Though French and English are spoken, fluently classic Arabic and Islamic culture is still the local culture. When entering traditional shops and hotels, expect to be greeted in French.

RELIGION:

Almost all over Morocco, Islam is followed, and the majority are Sunni Muslims. All Muslims belong to the Maliki school of Islam jurisprudence. There are also some other religions which include Christianity, Bahaism, and Judaism.

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT CASABLANCA:

Among the different cultures and histories, Casablanca stands out a lot. The city was destroyed and rebuilt by different communities at different times. Some of these communities might have left the city, but they left behind their culture and practices.

Their combination became one significant culture and all their history. As time progressed, these traits from different communities became even more prominent.

Here are some fantastic facts about Casablanca.

  • The famous seaport of Casablanca is protected from the waves utilizing the breakwater. And this port is responsible for most of Morocco’s trade by sea.
  • Boulevard HANSALI is the main road that connects to the port. It is lined with shops for tourists. 
  • Muhammad V square, near the gateway of the old medina and united nation square, are the town’s two main business and administration centers.
  • Most of the banks, large modern shops, and restaurants are located here in these squares.
  • The white cathedral of the Sacre Coeur is further south overlooking the gardens of the park of the Arab league.
  • As for the poor, they live in the shantytown, also called bidonvilles, on the city’s outskirts.
  • It accounts for more than 50 % of the bank transactions and industrial products of the country.
  • The industries in Casablanca include textile, leather works, food canning, electronics, and products like the production of beer, spirits, and soft drinks.
  •  Fishing is also an essential part of Casablanca. It is most important in coastal waters where a wide continental shelf provides a good fishing ground. The fishes that are caught here include soles, sea eels, turbot, crabs, and shrimps.

 

CONCLUSION:

Casablanca has a rich history of a lot of different communities and religious groups. Each of them came to this city and left some mark on the culture, and the combination of different practices makes this city all the more beautiful.

It is a good choice for people looking for an excellent place to visit, which gives off the old-time feeling but still has all the modern elements.

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