Centre Pompidou#13 in Best Things To Do in Paris
The Centre Pompidou is one of the most visited cultural sites in Paris. But keep this in mind – and recent travelers attest to this – if you're not a fan of modern art, you probably won't enjoy this museum. The Pompidou is all modern and contemporary art (think cubist, surrealist and pop art, among others). Even its exterior is a little "out there," with its insides (piping, plumbing, elevators, escalators, etc.) exposed on the outside.
Inside the inside-out museum you'll find one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world (more than 100,000 pieces of art). The most notable attraction within is France's National Museum of Modern Art, which features works from 20th and 21st-century artists. Here, you can find big names such as Matisse, Picasso and even Andy Warhol. Also within the Centre Pompidou is additional exhibition and entertainment spaces as well as a library, rooftop restaurant and cinemas.
While some travelers weren't into Centre Pompidou's unconventional style, most visitors found the building to be unique and interesting and the art collections it houses superb. Visitors also suggest if you have time, have at least a drink at the rooftop restaurant to take advantage of its stunning views of Paris. The Centre was also bigger than some anticipated, with some travelers saying you could easily end up spending half a day here.
The Centre Pompidou is located in the city center and can be found a short walk from the Rambuteau or Châtelet metro stops. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except for Tuesdays when the Centre is closed. Exhibition spaces close at 9 p.m. On Thursdays, the Pompidou stays open until 11 a.m. and on the first Sunday of every month, the museum is free to the public. Tickets cost 14 euros (around $17) and includes admission to the National Museum of Modern art, all the exhibitions and access to the rooftop. To learn more about what to see and do here, visit the Centre Pompidou's website.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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