Great Place Wednesday: Pompidou Center, Paris France

Pompidou Center, Paris France, is a complex in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueiland the Marais.It houses a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe. Because of its location, the Centre is known locally as Beaubourg.It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who decided its creation, and was officially opened on January 1977 by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. The sculpture, Horizontal by Alexander Calder, a free-standing mobile that is twenty-five feet high, was placed permanently in front of the Centre Pompidou by the architect of the building.