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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, 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 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 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 »
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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.
  • Interesting place to visit, I learn a lot on how salt was made and the importance of it in history. You visit the Saline Royale with a tablet and VR animation, it’s very well done and available in a dozen of languages and you wouldn’t understand a lot without it. The natation of the story could be improved a bit, there is a lot of repetition of the same explanation. I would have love to be able to see more of the tool they used at least a smaller model. Everything is displayed on the tablet but it would be nice to have more real life things to see. The part of the visit on Ledoux project was very interesting and I appreciate having more things to see in real and less on the tablet that just bring audio information. Regarding the new garden, maybe it’s because it’s new and plants are not fully grown but it was not that interesting.

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