King Hassan of Morocco who has been on a four-day official visit to Senegal inaugurated Dakar's new great mosque on Friday, the Islamic holy day.
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GTV OFFICIAL PARTY PRESIDENT SENGHOR KING HASSAN
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CV INT.. HASSAN MOVES TO PROSTRATE
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco who has been on a four-day official visit to Senegal inaugurated Dakar's new great mosque on Friday, the Islamic holy day. The mosque is believed to be the largest in Africa south of the Sahara.
The King, for the ceremony, wore a flowing white djellebeh and fez. He was accompanied by M. Leopold Senghor, the Roman Catholic President of Senegal, who unveiled a commemorative plaque. A crowd of some 15,000 people wearing national dress, watched the ceremony.
The mosque can hold 10,000 worshippers. Its minaret arising about 263 feet (87 metre) above the slum shacks of the medina district, rivals the skyscrapers of the European residential district about a mile away.
It is built in a style reminiscent of the Almohade civilisation of seven centuries ago, and designed by King Hassan's personal architect, M. Gustave Collet of Belgium. Marble fountains are set in green and white terracotta patios and they are surrounded by arabesque colonades. Modern touches include a lift in the minaret, electric lighting and an internal loudspeaker system.
Some 150 Moroccan craftsmen were sent over to make the intricate lace-like decorations for the roof and walls which however are made of reinforced concrete instead of the traditional wood and stone.
Builders are now pushing ahead with and Islamic Institute and trade centre, expected to be finished next year. The centre will include a hotel, Turkish baths and markets which will help pay for the upkeep of the mosque.