The Grand Mosque of Paris

Posted by Zaid February 5, 2015 0 Comment 5479 views

The Grand Mosque of Paris is located near Jussieu metro station (from Gare Nord I took the M4 metro to Odeon, switched to the M10 metro and got off at Jussieu).

jusseau station map

There was some welcoming graffiti at this train station.

jussieu metro graffiti

From Jussieu it’s a 450m walk to 2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite on Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire.

Google walking directions here.

I arrived about 30 minutes before night prayers (Esha).

minaret night grand mosque paris

Prayer times for the mosque are listed on their home page here.

This mosque was founded  in 1926. It has a Mudéjar architecture style and reminded me of some of the mosques I’ve seen in Morocco and Egypt.

mosaic at mosque of paris

The corridors and prayer areas were dimly lit at night, but their was sufficient light to see the beautiful tiling.

corridor in mosque of paris

The are some remarkable mosaic designs.

window mosaic mosque of paris

Look at the level of detail!

mosaic tile at mosque of paris

The mosque has a strange configuration. After entering you need to pass through 2 corridors to get into the courtyard section. I couldn’t find the wudhu (ablution) section.  A musallee (person who prays at the mosque) told me to follow him outside, around a corner and down a stairwell to an ablution room in the basement where you remove your shoes and change into one of many sandals on the floor. There are no seats so you have to stand in front of a tap and perform ablution. There is someone constantly mopping the floor. I don’t think that the design of this space is good.

ablution wudhu area mosqu of paris

I waited for about 30 minutes for Esha prayers.

prayer musallah grand mosque paris

There were quite a few groups of people in the mosque; some in prayer, some reading Quran, and some just chatting in small circles. A very relaxed atmosphere!

This is the central chandelier and roof decoration:

cieling prayer area mosque of paris

It looked like there was a table with cooked food being served at the edge of this central courtyard.

courtyard mosque paris

There are quite a few Quran’s of different sizes and scripts on the shelves in the main prayer area.

kitaabs and musallah grand mosque paris

Recitation during salaah was beautiful, as expected.

After salaah I had a quick look at the Moroccan restaurant that is beside the mosque.

restaurant interior mosque of paris

The restaurant also has beautiful decor on the ceiling.

restaurant chandelier at mosque of paris

Check out the restaurant menu here.

If I knew they were serving tagine I’d have skipped supper before visiting the mosque.

The facility also has a hammam for women only. Information on the hammam can be found here.

Anyone (from all faiths) can visit the mosque to tour the facility and pray there.

Image credits:

Interior of Paris Mosque by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Courtyard of Paris Mosque by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Mosque of Paris tiling by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Mosque of Paris tiling and mosaic by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Mosque cafe chandelier by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Mosque of Paris mosaic by Farrukh under By-NC 2.0 license

Paris Mosque cafe interior by Guillaume Maciel Under By NC-ND 2.0 license

Paris Mosque exterior by Lauren Rauk Under By NC-ND 2.0 license

Mosque corridor by Julian Dobson under By NC-SA 2.0 license

Mosque of Paris window by Laurent Bardin  under By NC-SA 2.0 license

Mosaic at Mosque of Paris by Zenen under By NC-SA 2.0 license

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