Tucked in a quiet section of the Latin Quarter is the beautiful Mosquée de Paris, a mudéjar style mosque built in 1922 as a token of gratitude to the North African countries who had helped France during World War I.
On a sunny morning, I stopped by to take a peek and ended up staying for several hours. Every aspect of its architecture is captivating, and as you walk through the prayer rooms and arcades, you get a sense that in each detail - from the intricate wood carvings to the mosaic tile work, and in each shadow and slant of sunlight that streams through the Moorish style archways - there emanates a sacredness and beauty, a quiet and sublime divinity...
La Grande Mosquée de Paris
Address: 2 bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris
Hours: Sat-Thu, 9am-12pm / 2-7pm
Admission: €3 per person (independent or guided tour). Free for children 7 and younger.