Institut Du Monde Arabe

Of all the places I’ve ever seen, Paris is certainly the one that is most packed with art, including various cultural artifacts and objects of interest.  It almost feels as if there are more cultural artifacts within the city of Paris than there are in the rest of the world put together.

One visit to the amazing Institute Du Monde Arabe will suffice to convince you that Paris is indeed the planet’s cultural hub.

This amazing museum opened 25 years ago, and has since been receiving constant upgrades. Situated on the left bank (Rive Gauche), at the foot of the Pont de Sully, and at the end of the Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 5th arrondissement, this stylistically stunning building is an eye-catching attraction on the very bank of the river Seine.

View form the west side of the building

From the south side of the building we see a flat glassy sufrace that may at a first glance look bland and uninteresting.

View from the south side

However, if you pay closer attention, you’ll see that the glassy front is divided into 240 windows, each equipped with high tech photo-sensitive aperture mechanisms that open and close depending on the outside light conditions.

Photo sensitive aperture mechanisms viewed from inside of the building

This design gives the building a unique, magical capability to self-regulate the lighting conditions inside.

The entrance to the museum is from the south side. A vast empty plateau leads visitors to the museum doors.

South side plateau leading to the entrance

Before we enter, we are faced with an elegant architectural/sculptural pair of monoliths.

Pair of monoliths leading to the entrance

Here is the view from the side of the two monoliths.

Beautiful Arabic arabesque on one of the monoliths.


View from the museum’s rooftop.

Western view of Paris from the museum’s rooftop

Another view from the Institut Du Monde Arabe.

Another view of Paris from the museum’s rooftop

Panoramic view.

Panoramic view of Paris from the museum’s rooftop

Inside the museum.

Inside the museum

Once you enter this magical museum, you’ll be faced with an incredible collection of cultural artifacts that will guide you through a journey of Western civilization. The oldest object on display is moere than 25,000 years old, and many cultures and religions are included.

Incredible selection of stunning old manuscripts

Interesting mysterious objects.

I’m not sure what this is, but it looks stunning!

Manuscripts and scrolls

The dawning of Western science

More scientific instruments from the olden times

Ancient musical instrument — oud

Mysterious passageways inside the museum…

Even some contemporary Middle Eastern art

In conclusion, visiting this museum should be on everyone’s list when spending some time in Paris. Especially for those who have been brought up in the Western civilization, the story this museum has on offer is incredibly educational, as it cannot fail but open your eyes. Once you see the Torah, Bible and Qur’an, that were made by hand during the Middle Ages, displayed next to each other, you will notice how all three books are of the exact same size. Furthermore, all three books were made using the exact same material, with a very similar aesthetics. Perhaps the glaring differences between all these religions are more imagined than they are for real?


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