The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau under the guidance of King Hassan II and built by Moroccan artisans from all over the kingdom.
The building dimensions are 200 meters in length and 100 meters in width. All of the granite, plaster, marble, wood and other materials used in the construction, were extracted from around Morocco.
The mosque has mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings. The exterior surfaces of the mosque display titanium, bronze, and granite finishes. It is ornamented with pale blue marble and Zellij (style of mosaic) tilework. The dome, arches and walls give a grand ambiance to the mosque.
A maximum of 25,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer inside mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque’s outside ground. It is the largest functioning mosque in Africa and is one of the largest in the world. Its minaret is one of the tallest minaret at 200 meters.