Pompidou Centre

"Le Centre Pompidou"
French C1 writing exercise

Learn about the history of this unique building in Paris.

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Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "a multidisciplinary centre", "to combine", "open to all", "a transfer (move)", "to launch a competition", "from all over the world", "to be inaugurated", "to be immensely successful", "to undergo renovation", "a square metre", "to be refurbished", "iconic".

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Birth of the Pompidou Centre In 1969, President Georges Pompidou decided to have built, on the Plateau Beaubourg, a multidisciplinary centre which would allow several cultural projects to be combined including the building of a public library open to all and the transfer of the National Museum of Modern Art to the centre of Paris. For the first time in France, an idea competition was launched to which architects from all over the world were invited. In the end, the international jury chose the project of three architects, two Italians and one Englishman, almost unknown then. The Pompidou Centre was inaugurated on 31 January 1977, and was immensely successful from the beginning. After receiving more than 150 million visitors, the Centre underwent renovation from October 1997 to December 1999, during which more than 100,000 square metres were refurbished. Today it's considered one of the iconic buildings of the 20th century.

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