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Casablanca Travel Guide - Things to See
Casablanca is the gateway to North Africa. It charms many, but strikes others as cold and impersonal. Most travelers to Morocco eventually do pass through the city. Located south of Rabat, it grew haphazardly and dramatically in the 20th century. Its history before that has been confused. At various times it has been occupied by the Portuguese and the French. Casablanca is the most modern Moroccan city, with tall modern buildings and yes, even a McDonald's.

Old Medina: This is the original Arab settlement. Like most such quarters in Morocco, the Medina is a maze of narrow streets and whitewashed buildings. Although it's interesting to watch many craftsmen at work, it is far less appealing here than in other parts of Morocco.

Great Mosque: Erected under the rule of Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah (1757-90).

Gateways: Three gateways - Bab Kedim, Bab El-Assa, Bab El-Marsa, connect the Old Medina with the port of Casablanca.

The Harbor: One of the largest in Africa. It's an audacious engineering achievement, which paved the way for Casablanca's expansion and development.

New Medina: Built by the French in 1921, many find this more interesting than the Old Medina. It grew up around a palace built by a sultan after World War I and set in a high walled garden. Its chief architectural monument today is still the Royal Palace, where King Hassan II stays whenever he's in Casablanca.

Unlted Nations Square: The most monumental square in Casablanca with the Post Office, Municipal Theatre and City Hall.

Arab League: A magnificent rectangular park with its promenades and its ornamental lakes.
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