The Mosque of Paris, built in homage to soldiers of the Muslim faith, is an invitation to travel to the heart of Paris.
Photos : Elisabeth Perotin
Inaugurated in 1922
On October 19, 1922, at 2 p.m., the first stone of the Great Mosque of Paris was solemnly laid, inaugurating the eventful destiny of an institution which remains to this day a subject of curiosity, a reference, a symbol, an issue . The idea of building a Muslim institution in Paris dates back to the mid-19th century. After a long and laborious study, the French government finally decided to take on the project in December 1916, when France had to count so many soldiers of the Muslim faith among its fallen heroes, notably at Verdun, during the terrible “Battle of the Destiny of France”.
the Islamic center the most important in Paris
The Mosque of Paris was built in 1922, it was in 1926 that it was officially inaugurated at 2 bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite in Paris, in a district of the 5th arrondissement, the Great Mosque is currently the Islamic center the most important in Paris. Nestled in the Latin Quarter, near the Natural History Museum, it seduces with its architecture artistically mixing Spanish and Moorish styles and its 33 meter high minaret. As soon as you arrive, you will be greeted by a magnificent patio decorated with sumptuous sculpted arcades. During your visit, you will appreciate the prayer room with its authentic decoration and its multicolored carpets. This is where each year the start date of Ramadan in France is announced. More than a place of prayer, the Grand Mosque of Paris also houses a hammam, a tea room and a restaurant. Visitors will be able to obtain wonderful souvenirs of the place thanks to the gift shop.
A travel to to Muslim countries
The Grand Mosque of Paris is the ideal place to relax or appreciate Islamic history. For €3 per person, you will have the choice between a self-guided tour of the premises or a discovery of the institution in the company of a French-speaking guide. A group tour costs €2 per person for a minimum total of 10 people. The Mosque is open all week except Friday. In summer, the premises are accessible from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Winter opening hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Mosque is also open on New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Pentecost Sunday and Monday and Independence Day. You can also visit it on August 15, November 1 and 11 as well as Christmas Day. When you arrive, you will be dazzled by the interior courtyard overlooking the large patio near the prayer room. You can also go to the garden to admire many varieties of plants whose names are indicated on labels. Inside, you will immediately be transported to Muslim countries thanks to the Mosque’s many corridors decorated with mosaics. If you want to educate yourself, the local library is waiting for you. Once your visit is over, admire the exterior architecture of the place from the typically Muslim-style doors.
OPENING HOURS TO VISITORS
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day except Friday and Muslim holidays
PRICES full price: 03 euros reduced rate: 02 euros (children, students and groups of 10 people or more) free for accompanying persons