With beautiful patios, gardens, and prayer rooms as well as a tearoom, restaurant, and hammam covered with Moorish-style mosaics, this place of worship also warmly welcomes tourists and visitors of all origins and religions coming to discover the richness of Muslim art and civilization.
Under its green roofs, between its high, white exterior walls, the Great Mosque of Paris provides one of the largest spaces in France for the practice of Islam. Built from 1922-1926 in the wake of World War I, the Neo Spanish-Moorish style mosque sits on nearly three acres in the Quartier Latin, opposite the Jardin des Plantes, its 108-foot minaret standing out from the neighboring Haussmannian buildings.
The mosque offers tours every day of the week, with the exception of Fridays and Muslim holy days. Self-guided or French-language visits are 3€ and take place at 9am, noon, 2pm, and 6pm. Visitors must, of course, show respect for this religious site and believers in the faith of Islam, both in their dress (no flip-flops or shorts and women’s shoulders must be covered) and attitude.
Everyone is greeted with care, respect, and courtesy. The monument is also popular for field trips, and everyday guides answer school children’s questions about Muslim art, history and civilization, although usually in French.
If you’d just like to relax with a mint tea or taste traditional Arab cuisine after a stroll in the Latin Quarter, this is also the perfect place! On a nice day, sit in the charming Moroccan courtyard snacking on authentic Arab pastries among the olive trees.
Or, eat inside at the restaurant and enjoy sharing couscous or tagine. Should the food and drink not be enough to help you relax, there’s also a hammam on-site as well as a small shop if you need some retail therapy.