Tourist Guide Paris

The Pompidou Centre

Centre Pompidou

The Pompidou Centre, which is actually called ‘Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou’ lies near the Forum des Halles and precisely in the ‘Beaubourg’ district. Beaubourg is well known mainly for its good restaurants and pubs and each visitor has fond memories of a cosy hour with a glass of wine in beautiful surroundings.

George Pompidou, a former president had the centre built as a cultural centre. The famous and renowned architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini designed the Pompidou in their times and it was finally opened in 1997.

The Pompidou Centre is regarded as a desirable location for ‘show-men’; hence artists and musicians perform here at regular intervals.

On first seeing the Pompidou, it comes across as fairly chaotic because everything which supplies the building like electricity, water, the escalators and even the ventilation systems have been built on the outside so that on the inside of the building, the walls can be moved and changed as desired.

Above all, a large part of French knowledge and history lie here, as in the ‘Bibliothèque publique d'information’ (the library of public information) all desired information can be obtained, in addition to a popular starting point of the Pompidou –the ‘Musée National d'art Moderne’. Here one will find a sophisticated and modern art museum with an extensive collection of art from the 20th Century.

Stravinsky Fountain

The Pompidou Centre is regarded as a desirable location for ‘show-men’; hence artists and musicians perform here at regular intervals. Directly next to the Pompidou visitors will find another work of art – the famous Stravinsky Fountain which, with its colourful and graceful figures is not just exciting for children.