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Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale), Arc-et-Senans

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World heritage site · Historic Site · Architectural Building
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Built from 1775 to 1779 by visionary architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) now presents cultural projects and permanents exhibits and has rental halls available for private events. You can attend a rotating art exhibition, meet artists-in-residence, and explore the heritage of Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale). It is a semicircular complex with 11 independent buildings surrounded by 15 gardens that you can visit. Three museums on the site include the Claude Nicolas Ledoux museum that displays 60 of the architect's models. The Salt Stories museum explores different aspects of "white gold" (salt) in six rooms, and the Local Memories museum explores the unknown history of the site during its closure from 1895 to the present. Put Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Arc-et-Senans road trip app.
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  • We traveled to this UNESCO site with our tour bus with the goal of learning how salt was obtained from the area to be used in royal courts. Huge waste of time! I have been to salt mines in Austria... 
    We traveled to this UNESCO site with our tour bus with the goal of learning how salt was obtained from the area to be used in royal courts. Huge waste of time! I have been to salt mines in Austria...  more »
  • A nice combination of a visit of the Saline with a good hotel and restaurant makes a unique global experience of this stay. 
    A nice combination of a visit of the Saline with a good hotel and restaurant makes a unique global experience of this stay.  more »
  • lovely spot. feel the peace. minimal decoration room is just right. great breakfast. fascinating history, really well presented, the films don't last too long and restart without lengthy credits. 
    lovely spot. feel the peace. minimal decoration room is just right. great breakfast. fascinating history, really well presented, the films don't last too long and restart without lengthy credits.  more »
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  • A really interesting place to visit with high quality exhibitions and audio guide. The architect was truly visionary. Also lots of information about the history of salt use and value, the changing use of the unique building, and UNESCO impact. My children (7 and 11) enjoyed the treasure hunt on the audio guide. When we were there a really stunning sensory art experience by Charles Belle was amazing and unexpected. Also the cafe is good with very special outdoor spaces to eat, created from natural willow. A lovely, stimulating and unusual place to be.
  • We attended the 2PM guided tour on this Friday: it was wonderful. The guide was great. He explained everything with a bunch of details to us. But price is very high.
  • It's a nice historical place. I like it.
  • Grandiose patrimony. An old (failed) industrial manufactory refurbished for visitors to enjoy. The salt resource was so much in demand (we have no idea) in the 18-19th centuries before the fridges arrived. I recommend the hotel and the restaurant to have a nice one-full day experience. (small note: the shower needs a curtain to avoid flooding the bathroom)
  • Boring unless interested in architecture, or clowns. If you want buy their salt, then you can buy their himalayan salt. It's on to drive past. Really expensive to just look at two buildings

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