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!!
Loved this place! I went two times on my trip and wish I was there now. I do not recommend going on Saturdays as it gets very, very crowded. If you do go then, go early, at 10 am when they first open.
The Hammam entrance is through the lovely courtyard and behind the bakery counter to the left.
When I did get there and it certainly did take some figuring out since I do not speak hardly any French and no Arabic at all, I looked at the wide menu of treatments. To make things easier, they do have set plan prices; 58 euro for Entrance, Grommage (a Body scrub), with a 30 min Massage, soft soap and a mint tea. Or choose the Massage of only 10 min, for 38.00 €.
Day 1 a bit confused on how things work, I opted for the set menu of 58 euro w/30 min massage. You can bring your own towel or use one of theirs for 4 euro - was worth it to me.
When you pay, they hand you three tickets; 1 for grommage, 1 for massage and one for mint tea however it was hard to figure out what do with these tickets and in what order!
Tip: When you pay at the counter there is a basket of flip flop thong shoes there, do pick up a pair to walk around the wet areas with.
At the counter they will give you a packet of soap for your "pre" grommage; you can opt to buy a two euro cup of the soap and save the packet for a souvenir-I recommend this. The packet of soap I found difficult to open and felt a like a monkey in the zoo, sitting in my bikini bottoms only, wet and trying to rip this soap package open with my teeth must have looked pretty funny.
I saw many women who brought things like facial masks and hair conditioners to do a real pamper treatment. I suggest that you bring a bottle of water because the steam room is very hot and re-fill at the fauctes.
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First thing is to walk though the room where there are 4 massage tables and make a right to the dressing room. There are lockers there for 1 euro which you drop in the locker slot and releases the locker key - the euro gets returned once you return the key so you can get things out of your locker too, just place the euro back in the slot to lock.
Most women wore bathing suit bottoms, only a very few were completely naked and this was fine too. Bring your flip flops, towel, soap and head back toward the massage room where you came in (but make a right through the painted door). You will then enter at the two grommage tables. The toilets are to the right behind them (these are squatting toilets) so make sure you have your flip flops on.
Continue on past the gromage tables, take a quick shower (push the handle) do not turn to activate the shower. Go through the rooms with marble slabs with faucets and buckets and continue to the steam room.
Steam for a bit, (there is a cool pool to help with the heat) take your soft gel like soap apply and let this sit for 5 min. Rinse and go get in line for your gromage!
The women will have you get on a table and she will use her strength and her mighty mitt to exfoliate you front and back. Most likely she will do this over your breasts too, she is not trying to feel you up - it's just part of the body and part of the gromage. Amazing amounts of dead skin came off, something like how a sunburn peels. This was not painful at all, but very invigorating!
Shower and go back to the massage room, throw your towel down on the mat and wait for your massage. While you wait, give your tea ticket to the counter and they will give you this lovely hot sweet mint tea.
I hope this helps and that you are able to take advantage of this wonderful experience!
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.
Great surroundings, arabic art deco style. Wonderful tiled interior and super clean ,bath areas. Drink refreshing mint tea in the courtyard after a relaxing envigorating steam bath. People are friendly, definately no attitude here. Great place to spend a couple of hours being pampered.
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...............
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I really dislike these limitations!