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Great Mosque of Paris

Photo by Eric.Parker. The 33 metre high minaret of the Great Mosque, is adorned with intricate abstract designs.

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (English: Great Mosque of Paris),  located in the 5th arrondissement,  is one of the largest mosques in France.

Great Mosque of Paris, built following the mudéjar style,  is an early-20th-century contribution to the cultural relations between France and the Arabic-speaking Muslim world. It covers nearly a hectare (2½ acres).  It was inaugurated by President Gaston Doumergue on July 15, 1926.  Ahmad al-Alawi (1869–1934), an Algerian Sufi, founder of the modern Sufi order Darqawiyya Alawiyya, a branch of the Shadhiliyya, led the first communal prayer to inaugurate the newly built mosque in the presence of the French president. Initially sponsored by the king of Morocco, it was reassigned to Algeria in 1957 by the French Foreign Minister.

Photo by Eric-Olivier LE BIGOT (EOL), Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Walled with tile mosaic, the terrace is paved in white marble and filled with pools, fountains and flowers. Tourists can visit the public spaces anytime, but the areas for prayers, sermons and the reading of the Qur’an are restricted to Muslims.

Photo by Eric-Olivier LE BIGOT (EOL), Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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