The Royal Saltworks
Arc Et Senans

The Royal Saltworks

The Royal Saltworks is a historic building at Arc-et-Senans located at the foot of Jura mountains in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. This masterpiece was bui...

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Entrance ticket to the Royal Saltworks
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Entrance ticket to the Royal Saltworks

Book your entrance ticket to visit one of the largest saltworks in Europe listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Royal Saltworks is a historic building at Arc-et-Senans located at the foot of Jura mountains in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

This masterpiece was built between 1775 and 1779 by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, a visionary architect in the Enlightenment period. This architectural heritage listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites is a unique monument that remains a rare example of industrial history.

The Royal Saltworks was established as a factory for the production of salt, at the wishes of King Louis XV, 10 years before the French Revolution. At this time salt was a very important commodity used for example in food storage, agriculture and its production was a key industry in France.

Conceived as a completely integrated factory, the former royal saltworks of Arc-et-Senans counts 11 buildings constructed in a harmonious semicircle and surrounded by 15 gardens that you can visit.

Nowadays, 3 museums devoted to this heritage and its conservation are open to the public inside the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans.

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How to get there

The Royal Saltworks Grande Rue, 25610 Arc-et-Senans, France Arc Et Senans
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