Professor Chris Ciocchetti's class continued its exploration of religious narrative and symbolism with a visit to the Grande Mosquee de Paris. The students were able to make comparisons between the architecture and visual decorations in the mosque and what they observed in Catholic churches like Sacre Coeur the previous day.
Tours at the mosque today were given only in French, which wasn't ideal for our almost exclusively non-French-speaking group. However, two students stepped up to translate and turned a challenging situation into a very memorable one. One student drew on some prior French knowledge to give her classmates a good overview of the guide's descriptions. Another student filled in key details by communicating with the guide in Arabic. Both of our students were put on the spot and did a great job - we're very #CentenaryProud! Our guide was warm and gracious and very appreciative of our efforts to understand, making this a wonderful cultural experience for all involved.
After the mosque visit, a few students made the quick trek to Les Arenes de Lutece, a 1st century AD Roman amphitheater located in Paris's Latin Quarter. Today it's a popular spot for picnics, lounging, and a good game of boules de petanque (French bocce ball!).
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