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Hassan Tower in Rabat  

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Hassan Tower is located in the Moroccan city of Rabat. This tower is actually a minaret, which belongs to an unfinished mosque. The construction of the mosque and its tower started somewhere in 1195 AD, under the instructions of the city's Sultan, named Yacoub Al- Mansor.

The ruler wanted this mosque as well as the tower to be the world's largest Muslim constructions. However, Yacoub Al- Mansor died in 1199 AD. Hence, the construction of both the mosque and the tower stopped, keeping it incomplete.

Today, visitors can see a 44 meters tall tower, which was supposed to an 86 meters high structure. The tower, though remained unaccomplished, exhibits a beautiful architectural style.

The tower is constructed in red colored sandstone. Unlike the other similar constructions, this tower can be accessed over the ramps. The ramps were constructed for the horses to reach on the top of the tower.

Visitors can see the illustration of a traditional Islamic architecture at the tower.

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Level 22     3 Trophy    Viaggia: Solo
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The most famous monument of Rabat. Sultan Yacoub El Mansour (XII century) plans to build the largest mosque in the Muslim world after the Samarra in Iraq. Unfortunately, the work was abandoned after his death in 1199. Tower was peaking... more at over 60m, but only reached 44m. Originally the minaret was built to accommodate up to 40,000 people. His style is a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art.
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This tower is the twin of the Koutoubia minaret in Marrakech and the Giralda in Seville, Spain. In addition, Kings Mohamed V and Hassan II (grandfather and father of the current king) are buried in the mausoleum. A must see!
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