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Casablanca

Hollywood displayed it on a tray to the Western world. The Moroccan capital, Casablanca, is, the largest industrial center and the largest economic and financial center of the country, and could not be otherwise. Nevertheless - despite its proximity to European cultures - Casablanca is a society of Arab culture.

This is a society with an Arabic mentality and the proof of it is its people. Close to the mosques, women with traditional clothes and covered faces won’t let you forget the burden of this culture and its traditions. It is not the Casablanca of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s movie – even because this movie was filmed in the U.S. – and it also doesn’t have the same atmosphere as other Moroccan cities such as Marrakech or Fez.But Casablanca is a capital with its own charm, a true metropolis.The city's history dates from the 10th century BC and history tells that Casablanca was settled by Berbers and later used as a trading port by the Phoenicians and Romans. Portuguese who also passed through this city built a military fortress in 1515. The town grew around this fortress and it was called "White House", but it was the presence of Spanish people and merchants that changed it into Casablanca. Today, approximately 3.8 million people occupy more than 1,600 km2 area of the metropolis. Although loyal to its traditions, the winds of change have also come to this city and although it has always been a port of merchants, today, among street corners, people in Arab costumes mingle with businessmen in a suit and tie with briefcase, cell phone and laptop.