Centre Pompidou Paris is a daring and spectacular building; one of the most well attended visitor attractions in France. The inspiration for this marvellously egalitarian concept came to President Georges Pompidou in 1969. He wanted to create a place which would serve as a central hub for all contemporary French art and culture. Designed as an example of expressionist high tech architecture by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the Centre Pompidou opened in 1977. Among other attractions it houses the National Museum of Modern Art and several temporary exhibitions each year. From the Hotel Marais Bastille you can cross the historical Marais district and reach the Beaubourg area and the Centre Pompidou in less than half an hour.