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Great Mosque of Paris stamp from France

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The French Post has issued a stamp dedicated to the Great Mosque of Paris created and engraved by the famous French stamp designer, author of Marianne stamps Yves Beaujard.

After the First World War, the French government planned to build an Islamic institute in Paris for all Muslims in France to express the nation's commitment to 70,000 Muslim soldiers fallen for France, notably at Verdun.

The Great Mosque of Paris was officially opened with much fanfare on July 15, 1926.

Today the Mosque is both a place of worship of Islam, a convivial place of religions of the Koran, but also a place to visit for tourists and school groups and a monument of art.

Commemorating the 90th anniversary of laying the foundation stone of the Great Mosque, the stamp will be symbolically presented to the public Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the main hall of the Great Mosque of Paris.

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