Friday, 18 July 2008

Centre Pompidou

You can't avoid noticing a very characteristic buidling between the elder ones when you wander around in the area around Chatelet in Paris. Clearly modern with steel tubes and glass facades, it stands in stark contrast to the surroundings. It is Centre Georges-Pompidou, a famous poly-culturel centre which is the third most visited sight in Paris after the Eiffel tower and the Louvre.

The centre has one of the two most famous collections of modern art in the world with an exhibition from Museum of Modern Art in New York. As if that isn't enough, there's also a cinema, several temporarely exhibitions, one of the best public libraries in Europe, as well as a centre for musical and accustic studies and research. There is also a stage and a dedicated debate fascility. There is also an exhibition for the children with various shows and themes. It is in truth a place dedicated to cultuer.

The building itself is rather interesting. It was designed by the architects Renzo Piano (Italy), the couple Richard and Sue Rogers (England), the structure engineers Edmund Happold (England) and Peter Rice (Ireland). the project won a competition and the result was announced in 1971. It's said that the design turned the architectonic world upside down. The building was completed in 1977 and was opened to the public the same year.

Practical information:
Entry: The museums are free for people under 18 and every first Sunday in the month. The price for adults is 12 euro during high season.
Opening times: All days except Tuesdays from 11 am to 10 pm.
Metro: Rambuteau, Les Halles
RER: Chatelet - Les Halles

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