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

25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33(0)381 544500
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Haifa, Israel
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116 reviews 116 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

The architecture of the saltworks is impressive and I was surprised to see how massive the place is. Buildings housed workers, the central administration, the works themselves. All is arranged in a pleasingly harmonious semi-circle of buildings. An English audiotour guides you through the displays and the buildings. The architect has his own little museum which was surprisingly interesting. I... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

we only stopped for a meal on the corner on our travels but we went into this attraction and passed a couple of hours looking into its past and browsing the various gardens to the house the workers lived in, the whole place is worth the visit and to look into how the design of the site was put together... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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47 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I struggle with what I didn't love about this site. It is architecturally interesting but on the day we visited it was fairly deserted. Some of the buildings have art exhibits in them. There are themed gardens planted behind the buildings. The theme of the site was on the immigrant experience. It just wasn't as engaging as I'd expected --... More

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New York City, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We visited this site with a group interested in art and achitecture but for me there was the added interest in the history of salt production. This example of development of controlled society; here an example where in exchange for decent food and shelter, workers gave up all freedoms (they were for all intents and purposes jailed - once provide... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This beautiful building, designed by Ledoux, is absolutely worth a visit! The huge building is impressive, especially from the outside. The exhibition with scale models by the famous architect is very interesting and a must see when you are in La Saline Royale.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
49 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I really enjoyed the visit. The part which houses models of Ledoux's creations is absolutely unbelievable. He was such a visionary! The exhibition about salt was excellent too. Staff were all helpful and pleasant, even though they weren't always able to answer questions. However, I feel like more could be done out of such a brilliant place. To begin with,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The rooms at the Saline Royale are an oasis of calm in a fascinating historic site. If you have an interest in history or architecture, you will love staying here. While the site may be old, the rooms are not. They are bright, light-filled rooms with modern decor and ultra-modern bathrooms. The accommodations are somewhat basic, developed with a focus... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I was very impressed with its unique architecture and the great sizes of the complex, but as a museum it was "static" - those large buildings are almost wide. In the central building there are only the photos, pictures and so on. No mechanisms in action, no models where you can watch the process - no "motion" at all in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

if you like a unified architectural style, you'll love this place! Aside from the actual buildings on the site, the museum gives you an insight into the creative genius of Ledoux, the architect, who was 200 or so years ahead of his time. Surprisingly, many of his thoughts foreshadow the pavilions at the 1938 NYC World's Fair.

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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The grand architecture of the royal saltworks highlight the importance of salt in an age before freezers were common place. As with many historical sites in France the external building work has been lovingly restored to display the grand architecture and grand ideal in which the place was built. However, behind the facade little of historical importance remains. It's worth... More

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