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“Architecturally interesting”

Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale)
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Type: Other
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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Architecturally interesting”
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 a visit, but to say that it is a "must see" would be misleading.

Visited July 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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89 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“amazing site in the middle of nowhere...”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

a world heritage site inspired by a visionary archtect with a social dream. The amazing thing is this is about the extraction of salt, a nowadays cheap product that was driving the wealth and tax system of a whole country (France) for centuries. I take firnds and family there every time I have an opportunity. Just splendid.

Visited October 2012
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Kent, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Quel ensemble de batimentsmerveilleux”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We were a group of English tour operators on a fact finding mission. Our tour guide was full of very interesting facts. No stone unturned. Very well preserved buildings, clear explanations. A real treat. Vaux le détour!

Visited September 2012
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Brussels
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210 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Historical royal salt plant in the Jura”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Historical place and industrial site where salt was manufactured from brine in the 18 and 19th century. The site was restored. Guided tours are organised at specific hours.
Please count a little more than half a day to visit all sites and museums.

Visited September 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
70 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating site- and exhibition”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

This is essentially a folie de grandeur site, created as a grand architectural vision as a salt workers' paradise in the 1770s. The exhibition in the main house is genuinely interesting and informative, with portable English guidance available. I understand that this is one of the few UNESCO sites where you can stay overnight.

Visited August 2012
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