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Paris: Centre Pompidou + Sous le ciel de Paris

When it first opened in the 1970s, the Centre Pompidou was called: “the most avant-guarde building in the world”. Some of its early critics described it as a “wart” on the face of Paris. About six million people visit it each year.

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Conceived by former French president Georges Pompidou and designed by architects Tenzo Piano and Richard Rogers, this building originally opened in 1977, and it underwent a major renovation in 2000, which expanded and improved its space. It contains the impressive Musée National d’Art Moderne and often puts on prestigious temporary exhibitions.

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With my aunt Marysia, we decided to take the escalators to the rooftop of this buildings to admire the views of Paris.

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I would like to invite you on the roof of Centre Pompidou, let’s look at the panorama of this gorgeous city and listen to the song: “Sous le ciel de Paris”( Under the sky of Paris), by Julien Dassin ( the younger son of the famous French singer Joe Dassin) and Florence Coste. Please play the song and see the pictures:

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L’Eglise Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre

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The modern neighbourhood of La Défense, a major business district

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Eglise Saint-Eustache and les Halles area

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L’Opéra

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Notre-Dame de Paris and Panthéon

Notre-Dame de Paris and Panthéon

La Tour Saint-Jacques and la Tour Montparnasse

La Tour Saint-Jacques and la Tour Montparnasse

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Students enjoy working on their assignments in this cafe, on the roof of Centre Pompidou (also called: le Beaubourg)

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L'Hôtel de Ville, Paris' City Hall

L’Hôtel de Ville, Paris’ City Hall

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