CIRCE is a variable polarization soft X-ray beamline dedicated to advanced photoemission experiments. A plane grating monochromator covering the energy range 100 - 2000 eV is shared between two independent branches with dedicated experimental endstations: PEEM (photoemission electron microscopy) and NAPP (near ambient pressure photoemission). A couple of deflecting mirrors directs the beam to one branch or to the other.