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La Grande Mosquée de Paris

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites 5e arrondissement
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5 out of 5 stars
Grande Mosquée de Paris, dans le Ve arrondissement.
Grande Mosquée de Paris

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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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.

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Address: 2 place du Puits-de-l'Ermite
Paris
75005
Price: €3; €2 reductions; free under-7s. Tearoom free. Baths €15-€35
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
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