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Name of Monument:

Ouled el-Hamra Mosque


Casablanca, Morocco

Date of Monument:

18th century


Construction began at the end of the 18th century, but the mosque was not completed until the 19th century. It underwent several stages of expansion, especially during the reign of Sultan al-Hasan I, when similar mosques were constructed in Tangier and Asilah.


Occupying a space relative to its size, the mosque covers an area of 1,200m². Its square-shaped minaret is similar to those seen throughout the Muslim West, divided into five sections of sandstone decorated with green zellige. The zellige decoration is continued on the facade of the mosque, forming a lobed valance or lambrequin. Small rectangular openings are apparently recent additions, as are the green tiles on the pitched roof. There is a single fountain for ablutions.

Citation of this web page:

"Ouled el-Hamra Mosque" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=monuments;AWE;ma;6;en

MWNF Working Number: MO 006

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