All too often overshadowed by the magnificence of the Hassan II Mosque, the Église Notre Dame de Lourdes (Church of Our Lady of Lourdes) is an important center of worship for Morocco’s Roman Catholic population and serves as a striking example of Casablanca’s modern architecture.
Built in 1954 by architect Achille Dangleterre, the structure’s imposing white concrete façade looks more like a warehouse than a church and a simple white cross is the only hint to its purpose. Step inside however, and the reason for its popularity becomes obvious – a dazzling kaleidoscope of floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. Painstakingly crafted by French glassmaker Gabriel Loire, the masterpiece includes an incredible 800 square meters of glass and many visitors to the church come solely to admire its artistry.
Notre Dame de Lourdes is located just northwest of the Habous Quarter in central Casablanca and is open daily. Entrance is free.