Grande Mosquee - Great Mosque, Paris
The Paris Grand Mosque is a lovely oasis of quiet near Place Monge, le jardin des Plantes, and Rue Mouffetard, The mosque was founded in 1926. During World War II the mosque served as a secret refuge for Jews, providing them shelter and safe passage. It is worth a visit if you are in the area. Visiting hours are limited through the day, and it is closed to visitors on Friday. The architectural style is neo-Mudejar. There are areas in the mosque where they request that you do not take photographs; I believe these photos all comply with their wishes.
Inspired by Moorish architecture of Andalusia and the Maghreb, the Grand Mosque of Paris was inaugurated in 1926. The idea of building such a mosque in the City of Light had been pursued since the late 19th century, but it was not until the end of World War I that it was approved in part to honour the death of some 70,000-100,000 Moslems who fought for France during the war. The architecture of the mosque is stunning and seems to blend in with its surroundings despite being a transplant from North Africa, from which most of the materials to build the mosque and artisans who decorated it came. The monumental entrance of the mosque resembles Bab Agnaou in Marrakech and its minaret also echoes the minarets of Marrakech or even la Giralda in Seville, whereas its central courtyard could easily be imagined at la Alhambra in Granada. The Mosque of Paris is complete with a café/restaurant that serves Moroccan delicacies, an Arab Hammam, and a madrassa.
The Great Mosque of Paris was built from 1922 to 1926 in the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement) of Paris as a center of Islamic religion and culture.
Guided tours are offered throughout the day without prior reservation. They seem to begin a tour whenever a small group has gathered. The tours are in French and are quite informative, though I must admit I had trouble understanding our guide's North African accent.
Second photo: The 33-meter minaret, as seen from inside the Mosque.
Third photo: The inner courtyard of the Mosque.
Fourth photo: The library.
Fifth photo: At one corner of the Mosque there is a café where you can get tea and Near-Eastern pastries.
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When My friend asking me to have a tour to the places not famous, so we walked to the mosque of Paris, and try some food in Hammam which is Nord Africa and middle east food. It's a great experience of this place and food too. better not go at Friday, because they will have a Friday prayer at noon.
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This place located in the Latin Quarter, near Jardin des Plantes and the Institut de Monde Arabe.
this mosque rresent to me, the big muslim migration to France... specially from Algeria, during the recent decades (Zidane is of Algerian roots)
this mosque has a Moorish style... and surely, it is the biggest mosque in whole France
The Central Mosque of Paris is located in the Latin Quarter, near Jardin des Plantes and the Institut de Monde Arabe!
I am not a muslim but I had a wonderful time when I went to the Mosque. Even though I could not see everything in the mosque, the rooms and courtyards that I saw were very beautiful and extravagant! having tea in the tea rooms was an absolute delight, due to the friendly service, outstanding decor and not forgetting the delicious baklava and tasty tea! All the delicacies were not expensive but were of a high quality!
Even though I was unable to see most of the Mosque, I had a delightful time in the tea rooms, and would recommend a visit to anyone who wants some tea and a little bit of relaxation!!
Not far from the Jardin des Plantes and the Museum of Natural History is the Mosqée de Paris. The Mosque of Paris is created in 1926 after World War I, as a sign of recognition to the fallen Muslim tirailleurs who lost their lives at Verdun and in the take-back of Douaumont fort.
The mosque is built in the Moorish style and has a 26M high minaret. The complex includes a hamman, a North African tearoom and restaurant. When I visited the first time in the early nineties the lovely inner garden with figues trees and fountains to drink a mint tea, I was almost the only visitor in a serene atmosphere. The last time in 2005 I visited the innergarden in the late afternoon. It was more lifely with lots of visitors. There is also a shop with Middle Eastern articles.
The mosque is a very nice place to spend some time in a oriental atmosphere! There is a cafe-restaurant and a hamman where you can enjoy a massage ;-)
Resto is not expensive at all, but the hamman a little bit more (15 € for a hamman)
just in front of the National Museum of History.
You can sit down and read the all afternoon long, drinking tea (famous!), in a beautiful and very silent place, located just in the center of paris.
You'll even meet some little birds trying to eat your turkish cookies...
The restaurant is a little beat more expensive (about 20 euros...) but the food is just.... incredible. you really have to try !!!
And you can spend some time in Hammam.
Take care, one day out of 2 is for men, the other for wemen, and I can't remember which one are the male one..... ;)
Really, you cannot miss this place...
The mosquee of Paris
If you are looking for a taste of arabic culture, there is the Mosquee de Paris which has a hammam and a very lovely restaurant whithin a courtyard.
- I do LOVE the restaurant and the atmosphere of the courtyard
- The mosquee is simply beautiful and you'll be welcome to visit it IF and ONLY IF you are dress modestly because muslim people come to pray in the mosquee and you should respect their habits.
- but I have to recognized that the hammam is not the best of Paris even tough all women magazine tend to speak always of this one.
- the hammam is closed to women on fridays
And there is more: a MOORISH café where they serve the most wonderful MINT TEA.....so refreshing and that tea always reminds me of Turkey, Istanbul (see my PAGE )
The are the SOUKS (the special shops sooooo alluring!) and an ARABIC RESTAURANT. All these buildings have their entrances at the rue DAUBENTON behind the MOSQUE itself.(see your plan!).
And last but not least: the HAMMAM, a most wonderful relaxing place to go......you won't regret it on the contrary you will want to go there again and again!
Do enjoy this special gem hiden "somewhere" in busy, buzzing PARIS, the City of LIGHT.
Behind the Zoological Museum you will suddenly see a MINARET!
Nowadays this is quite normal but some 20 years ago it was a very special discovery and I shall always feel it as a special place and shall always pay the place a visit.
This Mosque was built in the 1920s for the many North African people who had found a new place to live: Paris.
The homelands Marocco , Tunesia and Algeria help with money ........
This wonderful, peaceful place, bathing in tranquility and warmth is a pure refuge!
A place for contemplation, refelction and meditation.
The style is Spanish-Moorish with a lot of Moroccan influence e.g. the decoration of the 33 mtrs. high MINARET.
I have to admid that it is a real "off the beaten path" place but oh, so very worthwhile!
Visitors are allowed to enter the Mosque for a guided tour (without shows of course!) and enjoy the quietness, the wonderful decorations, inhale the atmosphere and feel tears come to their eyes.
The PATIO makes you think of the ALHAMBRA in GRANADA (SPAIN) so please go to my GRANADA page and enjoy the wondrous architecture of the ALHAMBRA.
On Fridays the Mosque is closed to visitors which is understandable because it is a place of worship! Yes, it really is a piece of North-Africa in the midst of an ocean of Parisian houses...........
The place smells of CEDAR WOOD and other oriental specialities and I think that my longing to once visit MOROCCO / TUNESIA was born here...............
of course my entry was not accepted: too many characters.....see next tip please......
I really dislike these limitations!