Parisian sunset from Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg rooftop


Photos taken from the rooftop of Centre Pompidou a.k.a. Beaubourg. A wonderful view on Notre-Dame, Tour Saint-Jacques and Paris in general.

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Notre-Dame at sunset

Notre-Dame de Paris in the evening

Yesterday evening, as the day was ending and the sky was clearing at last, I decided to go to Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg – Paris’s most famous Modern Art museum – to admire the sunset over Paris from the rooftop of the building.

Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg is a building that can’t leave you indifferent : its quite modern and unusual architecture (named “high-tech architecture”, though all these pipes and scaffolding-like structure don’t look that high-tech come to think of it), designed by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, makes it the kind of monuments you either love or hate. One thing for sure is that the building stands out among the more classical monuments of the district.

It also hosts one of the richest collection of modern art in Paris, and if you’re into modern art, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy visiting Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg.

However, for those, like me, who are not ready to pay €15 for some art they enjoy but definitely are not into, you may still enjoy the possibility of paying a €3 entrance fee that lets you enjoy the view from the rooftop, without giving access to the museum.

The view is definitely worth the the detour : from the rooftop, you can see Montmartre, Saint-Eustache, La Défense, the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Saint-Jacques Tower, Le Panthéon and Notre-Dame from above, and all this for 3 euros only. Too bad the last floor is covered with window panes, which is not ideal for photography. However, if you’ve got some money to spend, and enjoy the view on Notre-Dame so much that you’re ready to spend that money for it, the rooftop of Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg also hosts a restaurant on the rooftop from which you’ll be able to enjoy the view on Notre-Dame without any window panes. Regarding the view on the other monuments, one solution is to go down to the 4th floor, where the terrasse has no window-panes, while still being high enough to be enjoyable.

Saint-Jacques, Beaubourg

Tour Saint-Jacques and Tour Montparnasse

Notre-Dame by night, Beaubourg

Notre-Dame de Paris at night

NB : I’ve used a Sony A6000 and a FE90f2.8 to take the pictures that are displayed in this article. They were all shot in RAW, then processed with Adobe Lightroom 6.5. You can click on the pictures tif you want to have a closer look at the EXIF data.

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