La Grande Mosquée de Paris

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La Grande Mosquée de Paris
Grande Mosquée de Paris

Some distance removed from the Arabic-speaking inner-city enclaves of Barbès and Belleville, this vast Hispano-Moorish construct is nevertheless the spiritual heart of France's Algerian-dominated Muslim population. Built from 1922 to 1926 with elements inspired by the Alhambra and the Bou Inania Medersa in Fès, the Paris mosque is dominated by a stunning green-and-white tiled square minaret.

In plan and function it divides into three sections: religious (grand patio, prayer room and minaret, all for worshippers and not curious tourists); scholarly (Islamic school and library); and, via rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, commercial (café and domed hammam).

La Mosquée café (open 9am-midnight daily) is delightful - a modest courtyard with blue-and-white mosaic-topped tables shaded beneath green foliage and scented with the sweet smell of sheesha smoke (€6). Charming waiters distribute thé à la menthe (€2), along with syrupy, nutty North African pastries, sorbets and fruit salads.


Venue name: La Grande Mosquée de Paris
Address: 2 place du Puits de l'Ermite

Opening hours: Tours 9am-noon, 2-6pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun (closed Muslim hols). Tearoom 10am-11.30pm daily. Restaurant noon-2.30pm, 7.30-10.30pm daily. Baths (women) 10am-9pm Mon, Wed, Sat; 2-9pm Fri; (men) 2-9pm Tue, Sun
Price: €3; €2 reductions; free under-7s. Tearoom free. Baths €15-€35

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The cafe here at the Mosque is so wonderful. You can enjoy a cup of sweet mint tea for €2. There's a counter fall of different baklavas (each €2) - it was hard knowing what to pick as there were so many choices. It's a really peaceful place to sit for a few hours, beautiful mosaics on the walls, and dappled shade. Make sure to explore the gardens of the mosque afterwards. You're free to wander around, among the fountains and bushes. 

Loved our visit. The food is excellent, the waiters friendly and decor beautiful. I will recommend it to anyone I know visiting Paris