Photographer's Note

The big mosque of Paris (ar:مسجد باريس) is the biggest mosque of France (one hectare) of Spanish-Moresque style with a minaret 33 metres high, inaugurated on July 15th, 1926 in the 5th district of Paris.
The decision to build the Big Mosque of Paris (first mosque built in France) is taken after the battle of Verdun in 1916 which made 28 000 deaths Muslims, and to honour about 70 000 dead Moslem soldiers (38 000 of the Maghreb among which 23 000 Algerians) for France during the First World war.
Financed by France, and built by craftsmen of the Arabic world, it is inspired by the Mosque El-Qaraouiyyn of Fes, all its ornamental part and in particular mosaics is confided to craftsmen specialized North Africa with traditional materials. The minaret of 33m is inspired by that of the Big mosque of Kairouan in Tunisia.
The mosque contains: a room of prayer, a madrassa ( school), a library, a meeting room, a restaurant, a tearoom, a hammam and shops. (Wikipedia)

It's a magnificent place, I deeply advise you to go there, if you do not know it.

Here, we see the reflection of the building situated opposite in the windows of the room of restaurant of the mosque. I found that it formed an interesting mixture.

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Additional Photos by Diane CHESNEL (clio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2211 W: 282 N: 5256] (27961)
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