France has a long-established connection to the Arab world, with many factors contributing to it, and each of these can be explored at the Musee de l'Institut du Monde Arabe, one of the most fascinating Paris attractions.
Over the centuries, France and the Arab world have become intertwined, thanks to the trade links developed during the Crusades, the large Arab population living in the country today and the lingering memories of France's lost colonies in North Africa.
At the Musee de l'Institut du Monde Arabe, which was designed in 1987 by architect Jean Nouvel and is funded by 22 different Arab countries, visitors can explore expositions on calligraphy, decorative arts, architecture and photography produced by the Arab and Islamic world.
There are also excellent opportunities to gain insights into the Arab world's religion, philosophy, and politics, and how this has influenced France and Paris in particular, making it one of the most culturally interesting of all Paris attractions.
In addition, the memory of the visit can be savoured by visiting the on-site Moroccan restaurant, with windows presenting views which encompass Notre-Dame, l'Ile de la Cite and Sacre-Coeur.
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Posted by Georgina Black