The Grand Mosque of Paris, located in the 5th arrondissement stands 33 metres high and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was so amazing to see it for the first time, the building at the centre of my story, Beyond Belief, a building that I’d only seen in pictures until now.
How incredible it was to view the crisp white domes, and the emerald green tiles that ran through the courtyard like a calming river.
I imagined my character Ruben playing there with his friends, splashing in the fountains, and digging in the garden to plant new vegetable crops.
What an oasis it must have been for those who took shelter there in WW11, away from the cattle trucks crammed with people, roaring past on the Plus du Place du Puits de l’ermite.
Towering over it is the stunning mosaic covered Minaret where the muezzin calls the people to prayer. I could feel the power of the mosque to calm and protect.
The blue sky of Paris stretched out overhead, broken by old buildings and a tree standing straight and tall in the gardens of the nearby Jardin des Plantes.
My first visit to the Grande Mosquée de Paris was incredible and I’m sure it won’t be my last for the month that I am here in Paris.
There’s nothing quite like standing or sitting in the world of your story.
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