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Paris's Georges Pompidou Centre and the Museum National d'Art Moderne
Built in 1977, the George Pompidou Centre is one of the most modern and controversial attractions in Paris. The juxtaposition of this modern architecture alongside the richly historic monuments and buildings of Paris is lauded by some yet loathed by others.This unique structure appears as if it has been turned inside out. The center's main elevator snakes along the outside of the building's facade and features a plexiglass, tube shaped car. Colorful pipes, steel bars and glass walls add to the center's ultramodern feel. Stepping off the elevator onto the top of the building allows visitors to enjoy sweeping views of the historic city.
Also located atop the center is the Restaurant George Pompidou, a stunning, modernly appointed eatery featuring incomparable seafood, pasta dishes, wines and desserts. Shiny, white laminate tables are offset by single red roses and surrounded by large windows offering panoramic views of the city. A fully-staffed outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy al fresco dining in nice weather.
The exterior boasts a large open space that is usually bustling with street musicians, performance artists and families taking in the entertainment over a picnic lunch. The central highlight of this space is the famed Stravinsky Fountain, whose colorful, whimsical sculptures were inspired by Stavinsky's ballet, The Firebird.
The Musee National d'Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art) is located on the fourth floor and is a must see for lovers of fine, modern art. The gallery is home to several permanent collections as well as rotating shows. It houses an impressive collection of surrealist works, photography, sculptures, and other media. The lower level also offers a theater and a bookstore for those that may not be interested in the galleries.
More information about the Museum National d'Art Moderne, can be found at www.centrepompidou.fr.
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