Casablanca was a sleepy little town, until the day the world‘s largest swimming pool was built in record time of sixteen months. The magnitude of the project was unparalleled, and it soon became the pride of the city. The swimming complex was a staggering 840 meters long, and was located in the open ocean! The French engineers behind the project had created a freshwater pool within the main seawater pool, with a length of eighty meters.
After independence in 1958, the Moroccan authorities decided to demolish the pool, and explosives were used to raze the walls of the main pool. However, the smaller freshwater pool was too strong to be destroyed, and so it was simply abandoned. Twenty–five years later, the contractor Buig decided to make use of the old pool, and it served as the foundation for the Hassan II Mosque – one of the most spectacular sights in the world.
The story of the world‘s largest swimming pool is one of ambition, ingenuity, and perseverance. It stands as a reminder of the power of human will and ambition, and the feats of engineering that can be accomplished when we put our minds to it.