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

25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33 3 81 54 45 00
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almost excellent

I visited the Royal Saltworks and found it well worth the trip. The site is impressive... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
LMOverby
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Columbia, Missouri
If you speak french, take the guided tour! Intellectual but very instructive

Wonderful visit to this Unesco Site. The history of the site spans 120 years around the french... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2015
travellingsloths
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Seattle, Washington
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25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

I visited the Royal Saltworks and found it well worth the trip. The site is impressive architecturally and historically important, as it was designed to be something of a model factory/village. For those interested in 18th century notions of efficiency and oversight, the "panopticon" style,...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Wonderful visit to this Unesco Site. The history of the site spans 120 years around the french revolution, the socioeconomic context is very rich. There is indeed so much to see, we spent 1.5 hours with a tour guide, and probably another hour before and...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2015

We spent at least two and a half hours at the Royal Salt works, there is so much to see. The audio guide and displays were packed full of information and we discovered so many things about salt! The buildings, designed by Ledoux, were beautifully...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2015

My wife had often talked about visiting the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) so we took a couple of days off and drove down. To fully appreciate this unusual edifice, you should visit La Grande Saline - Musee du Sel - at Salins-les-Bain...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2015

A guided tour will take you through most buildings and explain why the thinking of why the architect, Ledoux, built this place in this unusual layout. Our tour was in French, not sure about other languages. While there is no salt to see, nor any...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2015

As we were in the area (and got free tickets), we visited the Royal Saltworks. The buildings are quite impressive and architects will be delighted. Otherwise, the expositions are ok but not great.

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Reviewed 26 May 2015

A magnificent and carefully restored piece of baroque architecture. Expresses the power of Louis XIV and his kingdom. Tribute is paid to the genius of architect Vauban in an ad hoc exhibition. Although there are plenty of exhibits about salt in general, one misses watching...More

Thank txekos
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Reviewed 5 October 2014

Although we knew nothing of the salt production in Doubs, after visiting the Saline Royale and the salt mine and museum at Salins-les-Bains we now understand how salt drove the local economy. It's definitely worth visiting both establishments as the saline solution was pumped up...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Personally I found this place incredibly boring and for 11.50 euros for adults a bit over priced however you can't fault them on effort in ways of explaining salt exploration, exploitation and general production. It's all there and you will be an expert when you...More

Thank critchdb
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

This walled complex would be impressive in a city - here in rural France it is unexpectedly impressive. The architect had grand designs for a city here in the middle of nowhere, with the salt-works (sited here because the trees were here, while the salt...More

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