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

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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. A visit to Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arc-et-Senans tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The buildings were beautiful to walk around as were the grounds. The accompanying exhibitions which give a very necessary introduction to the importance of salt throughout history was also great. When...  more »
  • very interesting to visit, nice overview of the current salt pits of the whole world. what a pity that the oven are gone in the saline. go there in summer time and there is a light show regarding hist...  more »
  • We visited the Arc-et-Senans by chance while doing a weekend motorbike trip in Jura and now are happy for the coincidence. La Saline Royale complex is a masterpiece of architecture, very well preserve...  more »
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  • Interesting stories about the history of salt. The architecture is quite interesting, also the gardens. The Hergé exhibition is brilliant, if you like that sort of thing.
  • Beautiful and so calm place. The views are so cool. I was here because of one concert of David Gilmour and was a fantastic experience in this place. I totally would like to visit the place but due to the concert it was closed, I just can apreciate the fields.
  • The place itself is pretty nice and accessible by regional train, but I like it because of the concert that I attended there. But if you're in a surrounding city and you have free time on your hand, this place is worth the visit.
  • Intresting, but boring at times
  • Very nice and very comfortable place