Rediscovering the mosaics of the Mosque of Paris

This lively place is open to the public for a small admission fee. You cross several corridors then the patio surrounded by its cloisters ,with in the middle a nice fountain, look up and admire the minaret. Further off, a courtyard with green hexagonal floor tiles and a delightful garden with fountains, basins, and terraces, invites you to continue your journey. Its library is a veritable treasure house.

The tour does not stop her for those who might enjoy the sweet pleasures of the Mosque's Hammam or the tea room's delicious pastries served with piping-hot mint tea. Even a great traditional dish can be yours at the restaurant, 39, Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire.

The Mosque was the brainchild of Sultan Abdulhamid II, who wished to honor the great number of Muslims who perished in World War I. Construction spanned from 1922 to 1926. Most of the building materials were imported. Last year the Mosque got a facelift with the help of skilled Moroccan craftsmen. The mosaics that decorate the patio, entrance garden galleris and perimeter walls have been restored to their former glory, much to the delight of the people who prey here, and to the many Parisians who frequent this inspiring building.

The Mosque of Paris, 2, Place du Puits-de-L'ermite, 75005 Paris, M° Monge - open from 10 am -12 pm and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm (in summer 6.30 pm)

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