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Paris: La Grande Mosquee de Paris

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La grande Mosquée de Paris
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La Grande Mosquée de Paris, built in 1926, is a Paris must-see. Constructed in traditional North African design, the mosque is a stunning piece of foreign architecture planted among rows of typical French buildings. It serves as a reminder of both the French colonial past and France’s substantial Muslim community.

Contained within the enormous structure is the Café de la Mosquée, a charming space where patrons can relax with a delicious mint tea among sprouting fig trees, a fountain, and billowing hookah smoke. The café attracts mature, laid-back crowds and contains a certain authenticity rarely found in run-of-the-mill hookah joints. The cafe is open from noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

La grande Mosquée de Paris is located at 2, bis place du puits de l’Ermite. Metro: Place Monge, Jussieu, Censier. Bus: 89, 47. Admission: €3. The mosque is open from 9 a.m. until noon and 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

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  1. Yes of course the Grande Mosquée will be open, and with 1er Ramadan 1431 falling on the 11th, any time between then and Aid el Fitr will be a good chance for you to join others in fasting and prayer. The Paris prayer times for August are at http://webhe.eu/20.

    Entrance to the Hamman costs €15. Tuesdays and Sundays are for men, the other days for women. Note that the Hamman may not be open on a small number of feast days (such as Al Isra Wa Al Mi’raj, 1er Ramadan and Nuit du Destin).

    Depending on exactly which denomination of Islam you follow, you may find other Paris mosques more to your liking. The Grande Moschée often allows non-Muslims into the masjid even as prayer times, a sad case perhaps of pandering to the demands of tourists rathering than reserving the building for its true purpose at prayer hours.

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  2. Is the paris mosque open in august? is so – what are the opening times? Also – is the hammam open iin august?
    thanks

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