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4 monumental districts to visit in Casablanca

In addition to its strictly economical aspect, the city of Casablanca is also a collection of stories, each neighborhood tells a story of the period during which he was born. The majority of these neighborhoods represent a chapter of the period of French colonization and world war. Four neighborhoods are distinguished by their stories and magnitudes, which it is necessary to organize a visit during a stay in Casablanca.

Maârif :

About 3 kilometers from the city center, part of the prefecture of Casablanca-Anfa and near the boulevards of Massira and Zerktouni, is the district Maârif that is a fraction of the Mzab of Ben Ahmed region. After the arrival of Maârifs or Maâroufis, they bought land to install the kasbah of El Maârif, that’s why this area of the city is currently known as Maârif. In 1911, a certain Murdoch, of British origins accompanied by his friends, bought a land from the Maâroufis tribe. Moreover, Murdoch gives its name to the famous Murdoch Park in Casablanca.

Bourgogne:

Bourgogne is a district in the center-west of Casablanca; in its West are the famous Hassan II mosque, the districts El-Hajjama and El-Hank, and the streets of the Italians and the English to its East. Bourgogne, which for twenty years has experienced accelerated construction of large residential buildings, is a popular neighborhood with a mixture of popular Moroccan culture and a Western atmosphere.

Habous :

The Habous refers to the allocation of dwellings and land on the property of the Islamic State in agreement with their former owners as « Wakf » which are gifts to serve Muslims, by an administration called Habous. The district itself is built on a « Wakf » ground from Haim Bendaham to the Habous administration. During the protectorate, the neighborhood has seen a noticeable development to accommodate several families of merchants from all the cities of Morocco.

El-Hay El-Hassani:

Located in the south-west of the city of Casablanca, comprise in gap proximately 320,000 people over an area of 26 square kilometers, the Hassani district whose name comes under the name of itsfounder King Hassan II. A district that was built on one of the formerly populated Moroccan territories, the archaeological discoveries in Sidi  Abderrahmane attestto a human settlement since prehistory. Other theories argue that the site was occupied by Berber fishermen of the antiquity.

Note:

It is extremely necessary to know that Casablanca is a big metropolis and that moving from one site to another can be difficult and expensive, knowing that taxi rides are expensive and the bus lines are, for a foreigner, confusion and the buses are always crowded. The safest ways to get around are touristic transportation and car rental in Casablanca; they guarantee more comfort and freedom during a stay in the city.

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