Casablanca, Morocco
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Casablanca is one of the most popular cities in Morocco. It is the business and industrial capital of the country. The city became immortalized in the movie Casablanca back in 1942 which starred Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, and Ingrid Bergman.

Aside from this fact, Casablanca became one of the major cities in Morocco because of the booming population during the past 100 years. Now, there are about four million people living in Casablanca, Morocco. This population consists both the local people and people who migrated to Casablanca from nearby European countries.

Although Casablanca, Morocco is not as touristy as the other towns in the country, there are still great places that you can visit if you decide to go there. One of the tourist destinations that you should not miss is the Hassan II Mosque. This is one of the most important and largest mosques in Islam. It is a significant Islamic symbol that features both Islamic and Arabic architectural designs.

After visiting this gigantic mosque, your next stop should be the New Medina of Casablanca. This is a great place for street shopping. The streets are lined with small stalls that sell all sorts of goods—from foods to clothes to fabric. You can also watch a movie here the Moroccan way. You can shop for souvenirs in New Medina that you can bring to your family and friends when you get back home.

Another great religious structure that you should visit in Casablanca, Morocco is the Notre Dame de Lourdes. This place is no longer used by churchgoers but you can still check it out. You can get in if the caretaker is there. And once you get in, you will be amazed by the stained glasses that depict religious scenes and flags from different countries.

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