"Institut de Monde Arabe" Institut du Monde Arabe - Arab World Institute Tip by arv1

  Facade of Institut de Monde Arabe
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  • Facade of Institut de Monde Arabe - Paris
      Facade of Institut de Monde Arabe
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  • Institut de Monde Arabe - Paris
  • Institut de Monde Arabe - Paris
  • View from the terrace of the Institute - Paris
      View from the terrace of the Institute
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Most people do not visit the 'Institute of the Arabic World' (loosely translated) when they are in Paris, because it is rarely featured as a 'must-see' in guide books. However, I think its a fantastic place to visit, especially given that a lot of Parisian people have arabic origins, therefore in my opinion, this building is important to Paris. Located near the River Seine in the Latin Quarter, the surroundings are rather spectacular, and there is a lot to do.

As you can see from my pictures, the facade of the building is pretty interesting. Each square represents a camera lens, and the 'lens' is meant to focus (ie open or close) depending on the amount of direct sunlight on each square. That is why each square is different from the others.

The Institut is home to a library, two gift shops, usually houses exhibitions, a cafe, and a spectacular restaurant on the terrace. I personnally found the restaurant to be a bit too expensive to dine in (more than 50 euros per person) but the mint tea and baklava is an absolute delight (at a less pricey 13 euros for everything). Entrane into the terrace is free, and even if you decide not to eat anything, the view from the terrace is unique and spectacular! I say unique because you do not see the Eiffel Tower, but many other 'tourist' destinations which are albeit less famous but equally beautiful!

Visiting the Institut is a must! Especially as it is located near other tourist sights that may be of interest to you.

Address: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005
Directions: Metro: Jussieu (line 7)
Phone: +33 1 40 51 38 38
Website: http://www.imarabe.org

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  • Written Jul 1, 2007
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