The Hassan II Mosque Foundation announced, on Tuesday, the opening to the public, from next May, Hammams of the Hassan II Mosque after completion of redevelopment, renovation and rehabilitation, launched in November 2017.
This area of well-being and healing inspired by tradition and arranged and decorated in an exceptional way has been the subject of a complete renovation respecting the architectural authenticity of the Foundation of the Mosque Hassan II.
The Hammams will undergo a pre-opening phase of a few months in order to perfect the last technical preparations and prowl the operating teams of the establishment, said the Secretary General of the Foundation, Mohamed Barkaoui.
At first, during the first weeks of opening, he said, the experience of the Hammams of the Mosque will be presented as an initiatory course of the Moorish Bath by inviting its guests to discover or rediscover the Moroccan tradition of hammam.
The work of redevelopment, renovation and rehabilitation of the Hammams of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, took place on the instructions of King Mohammed VI, he added, observing that it is for the first time in their history, these Hammams go open to the public.
Barkaoui explained that the Hammams for Females and the Hammams for Males are located below the esplanade of the Hassan II Mosque and occupy an area of 3000 m² each, which represents an area of 6000 m² in total.
Each Hammam is composed of a foyer including tea room and changing rooms and a traditional Hammam (Bain Maure) consisting of a warm room, a warm room, a very hot room, and an on-demand service area consisting of a scrub and soap room, and a large multi-purpose pool of 300 m3 of heated seawater called “Bath of Health”, a depth of 1.20 meters and surrounded large traffic areas comfortably arranged, he added.
Barkaoui also estimated that the Hammams of Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque are a hymn to the beauty of Moroccan architecture and art of living. Refinement of the materials, elegance of the forms, fragrances of the perfumes, intensity of the colors. “Everything invites in these places to relaxation and serenity. Once past the monumental gateways, the visitor is immersed in an experience that encourages the healing of body and mind,” he said.
According to Barkaoui, the exceptional quality of the finishing and decoration materials, entrusted to the Moroccan master craftsmen, as well as the specialized technologies and the means of energy optimization implemented for its renovation make it undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and the most eco-responsible of this type.
On the other hand, he added, in a logic of respect for the specificity of this exceptional place, and by the very nature of the services it provides to the public and to the population of Casablanca, the Foundation understands that the principle of accessibility of Hammam services to the greatest number of people is respected. This principle will be part of the Hammams strategy which will guarantee a limited access price to the three large rooms of the traditional hammams called “Maures Baths”, faithfully designed so that the population of Casablanca can carry out their body care in accordance with the tradition of Moroccan hammams, he said.
According to Barkaoui, this dynamic of opening the Hammams is done in synergy with the implementation of the car parks of the Hassan II Mosque. The area of these car parks is 5 hectares, offering a parking capacity of about 1000 vehicles.
With a minaret culminating at 210 meters above sea level, the Hassan II Mosque is an architectural work of art, erected between 1986 and 1993 on nine hectares.
This gigantic religious building was built on two-thirds of the sea. It can accommodate more than 100,000 worshipers, covers a total area of twenty thousand square meters and has an impressive sunroof.
Finely decorated with marble, zelliges, carved wood, this monument has a laser (30 km range), constantly pointed towards Mecca, and includes a prayer room, baths, a Koranic school, a library and a museum.