Hassan II mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

The Hassan II mosque, inaugurated in 1993, is located in Casablanca and is built partly on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, built on nine hectares and includes a prayer room, a room of ablutions, baths, a Koranic school, a library and a museum. It is the fourth largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is 201 meters. Hassan II had the wish to connect the building to the air, considered one of the four elements beneficial to life with earth, fire and water, that’s why there is a large sunroof that moves in five minutes thanks to a self-propelled wheel bearing system. It is adorned with 124 fountains and marble vanities, it has more than fifty chandeliers and there are some from Murano; it has 18 exterior doors and is equipped with a laser beam indicating the direction of the Mecca with a range of 30 kilometers. On one side and on the other of the central nave, there are two granite columns that have inlaid in gold lettering the pedigree of King Hassan II.

Tips

To visit the mosque, you can buy tickets on site.

Removing shoes is mandatory at the entrance to the prayer room (plastic bags are available to the visitors).

Video cameras, and any kind of radio receiver and / or sound equipment is forbidden inside.

Süleymaniye Mosque, Istambul, Turkey

For Suleiman the Magnificent, architect Sinan built between 1550 and 1557, the Süleymaniye Mosque, on a hill in Istambul, held by Turkish poets such as the sublime expression of the splendor and joy. This Selatin mosque (so called because it has several minarets and to be the kind of those built by the sultans and their families) is considered the most beautiful of the imperial mosques of Istanbul. Its proportions are harmonious; the internal dimensions are 70 m long and 61 m wide, 138 windows, the dome itself has 32, it is supported on the sides by half-domes. There is a square portico crowned with 28 domes supported by 24 ancient monolithic columns. There is an ablution fountain in the center of the court. The silhouette of the mosque with its slender minarets 4 ringed with ten balconies (indicating that Suleiman was the fourth Ottoman sultan in Istanbul and the tenth of the Ottoman dynasty), dominates the skyline of the southern shore line of the Golden Horn.
Süleymaniye complex includes urban organization expanded in a vast area with a Koranic school, a hospital, a public bath, a hospice, six theological colleges, shops and the mausoleums of the sultan and his wife. The Turks gives social nature to religious buildings.

Tips

You can enjoy your visit to use the hammam (30 minutes) and also to have a massage (15 minutes). A moment of relaxation that many tourists enjoy. It is best to make a reservation.
The mosque is located in a park where you can have a beautiful view of the junction of the Golden Horn (name given to the channel Haliç ), the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Keep your camera in hand, it is worth it.

Church of St. Jerome the Royal, Madrid, Spain

The Church of St. Jerome the Royal, is a parish church, belonging to the parish of St. Jerome, with a baroque cloister. It was one of the most important monasteries of Madrid. Originally there was a convent but now there is only the church and a cloister. It was closely linked to the royal family and the church and convent have witnessed many events, being the marriage of King Juan Carlos I, the last royal event that has been celebrated there. At the time of Felipe IV the monastery had its best splendor. They began the complete restoration of the church in the early twenty-first century. Inside, there is a large picture , ‘Last Communion of St. Jerome’, which is the work of Rafael Tejeo; we can find paintings that were given by the Prado Museum, the Gothic altarpiece of Jose Mendez among other important works. During the restoration, the wall paintings of the sixteenth century and badly damaged sculptures have appeared in one of the chapels.

Tips

The restoration of the exterior of the church is over but there is still work inside.
To visit the church, you can visit their website to seethe opening hours and the hours of service.