Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohammed V

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The Hassan Tower is a minaret of an unfinished mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Construction was begun in 1195 and this tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque to be the largest. In 1199, sultan Yacoub al-Mansour died and construction of the mosque stopped. The tower reached 140 ft, about half of its intended height of 260 ft. The rest of the mosque was also left incomplete, leaving the start of a few walls and 200 columns.

Adjacent to the unfinished mosque is the completed Mausoleum of Mohammed V. He was Sultan of Morocco from 1927-1953, exiled from 1953-1955, and then recognized as Sultan again upon his return. In February 1956 he successfully negotiated with France for the independence of Morocco, and in 1957 took the title of King. He died in February of 1961. The mausoleum contains the tombs of the Moroccan King and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The bottom photo is a night shot of the exterior of the Mausoleum building.

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Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Tower
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_of_Mohammed_V
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_V_of_Morocco

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