Last update : 30 Oct 2010

Grande Mosquée de Paris

Grande Mosquée de Paris

2 place du puits de l'Ermite, Paris 5e arrondissement (75005)

Category : Buildings / Religious

Period : XXth

- Open to the public

- Covered place

Classified as "Historic Monument"

- More informations : www.mosquee-de-paris.org

The Grande Mosquée de Paris ("Great Mosque of Paris"), located in the 5th arrondissement, is the largest mosque in France and the third largest in Europe.
It was founded after World War I as a sign of France's gratefulness to the colonies's Muslim tirailleurs, 100,000 of whom died fighting against Germany. The Mosque was built following the mudéjar style, and its minaret is 33 meteres high.
Under its rector Si Kaddour Benghabrit and clerics during World War II, the mosque served as a secret refuge for those persecuted by the Axis powers, providing shelter, safe passage, and fake Muslim birth certificates for Jewish children.

Source of article : Paris Mosque from Wikipedia

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