Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral & Centre Georges Pompidou

Notre DameOne of the Gothic masterpiece listed on the UNESCO World Heritage that worth the visit is the notable Notre-Dame Cathedral. The name will remind you of the classic romance; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1831. The epicenter of the novel, of course, is the Gothic cathedral itself. Like what Hugo would say; Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable. This year the Cathedral celebrate its 850th anniversary!

Notre Dame

The façade of the cathedral is simple, harmonious and sombre grandeur. It took 200 years to build between 1163 and 1334.

Notre Dame

If you notice at the center of the façade, forming a halo above, stand a statue of the Virgin with Child between two angels.

Notre DameThe center entrance called the Portal of the Last Judgement, heavily decorated with statues.

Needless to say, Notre-Dame throngs with tourists all year round and expect snake queue to enter the cathedral. The nearest Metro to the Cathedral is Station Cité or Saint-Michel.

Pompidou

After my visit to Notre-Dame, I make my way to Marais district, the Centre Pompidou reveals its unique, timeless and modern architecture. The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts make the Centre Pompidou one of the best-known sights in Paris. If you are into modern and contemporary art, this is the place where you should be!

Pompidou

It all started In 1971, a competition for a new cultural center. The winning project, submitted by the architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini broke with architectural conventions by moving functional elements such as escalators, water pipes and air conditioning to the outside of the building, freeing interior space for the display of art works. The building deemed to be very modern back then but I do feel the same till today.

Centre Pompidou SquareIf you do not have the luxury of time to visit the museum, it is worth the time to visit the square in front of Centre Pompidou which is famous for street portraitists and entertainers.

Pompidou Square

Featuring Charlie Chaplin.

Stravinsky fountain

Part of the Stravinsky fountain is undoubtedly the wackiest of all the fountains in Paris. Believe it of not, it was one of the first modern fountains in Paris.

The Shhhh! mural (or Chuuuttt!!! In French) was done by urban stencil artist Jef Aérosol. You can alight at Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville (Line 11); Les Halles (Line 4) for your visit to Pompidou.

Paris Travel Series: Eiffel Tower | Montmartre District | Paris Mosque |  Musée du Louvre | Arc de Triomphe & Champs-ÉlyséesPalace of Versailles | Cruising Along River Seine | Tour Montparnasse | Pont Alexandre III

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