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Main entrance and minaret of the Grand Mosque of Paris.

Built from 1922 to 1926 in the heart of Paris, opposite the Jardin des Plantes, Paris Grand Mosque is the oldest mosque in France. Its construction follows the desire to honor the 100,000 Muslims who died for France during the WWI.

The architects of the project, Robert Fournez , Maurice Mantout and Charles Heubès, drew their inspiration in the mosques of Fez, Morocco . If the structure is made of reinforced concrete, the finishes (interlacing, zellij , mosaics, glazed tiles , wrought iron, ... ) are the work of artisans from the Maghreb .

His Moorish style and his 33-meters-high minaret give to this construction a beautiful architectural harmony.

In addition to the prayer room, the Grand mosque hosts a madrassa, a library, a conference room, a restaurant, a tea room , a steam room , shops and gardens.

The title of this picture refers to the five pillars of Islam . Prayer ( as-salaat ) is the second one.

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