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Name: Hassan Tower Location: Rabbat, Morocco Construction started in: 1195 AD Significance: Hassan Tower or Tour Hassan is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat,Morocco. The tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque, also intended to be the world's largest. In 1199, Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour died and construction of the mosque stopped. The tower only reached 44 m (140 ft), about half of its intended 86 m (260 ft) height. The rest of the mosque was also left incomplete, with only the beginnings of several walls and 200 columns being constructed. The tower, made of red sandstone along with the remains of the mosque, forms an important historical and tourist complex in Rabat. Instead of stairs, the tower is ascended by ramps. The minaret's ramps would have allowed the muezzin to ride a horse to the top of the tower to issue the call to prayer. UNESCO World Heritage Site
May 17th, 2013
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