Photo of the Hassan Tower in Rabat - this photo was taken from a side door which has a garden next to it

Photo of the Hassan Tower in Rabat - this photo was taken from a side door which has a garden next to it

The Hassan Tower is actually a 140-foot (44m) red stone minaret built during the reign of Yacoub El Mansour

The Hassan Tower is actually a 140-foot (44m) red stone minaret built during the reign of Yacoub El Mansour

A guard on horseback is beside the external wall of the complex

A guard on horseback is beside the external wall of the complex

Construction of the Hassan Tower began in approximately 1195 AD and was intended to result in the largest mosque on earth

Construction of the Hassan Tower began in approximately 1195 AD and was intended to result in the largest mosque on earth

This tower is only the half of it's intended height (86m)

This tower is only the half of it's intended height (86m)

Incomplete pillars of the mosque - when Yacoub al-Mansour  died in 199 the whole project came to a halt

Incomplete pillars of the mosque - when Yacoub al-Mansour died in 199 the whole project came to a halt

Pigeons residing in one of the external walls of the complex

Pigeons residing in one of the external walls of the complex

Some people had left bread for the birds

Some people had left bread for the birds

View of the boundary wall of the Hassan Tower and it's incomplete mosque

View of the boundary wall of the Hassan Tower and it's incomplete mosque

This tower is made of red sandstone and it has ramps inside in order to allow muezzin to go on top of the minaret

This tower is made of red sandstone and it has ramps inside in order to allow muezzin to go on top of the minaret

Close up of the Hassan Tower - this tower has twin brother in Seville, Spain (Giralda of Seville), built by the same ruler

Close up of the Hassan Tower - this tower has twin brother in Seville, Spain (Giralda of Seville), built by the same ruler

Designs and patterns of the minaret - it has six floors

Designs and patterns of the minaret - it has six floors

In order to build the mosque, there were 200 columns constructed

In order to build the mosque, there were 200 columns constructed

Hassan Tower seen from one of the closed gates

Hassan Tower seen from one of the closed gates

This majestic tower was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2012

This majestic tower was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2012