Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans World Heritage Site

Saltworks

50 Users like

Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans
Saline royale d'Arc-et-Senans
France arc et senas saline royal main building 1.jpg
Main façade of the Royal Saltworks
General information
LocationArc-et-Senans, Doubs
CountryFrance
Coordinates47°01′59″N 5°46′41″E / 47.033°N 5.778°E / 47.033; 5.778Coordinates: 47°01′59″N 5°46′41″E / 47.033°N 5.778°E / 47.033; 5.778
Construction started1775
Design and construction
ArchitectClaude-Nicolas Ledoux
Official nameFrom the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated1982 (6th session)
Reference no.203bis-001
State PartyFrance
RegionEurope and North America
Extension2009

The Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) is a historical building at Arc-et-Senans in the department of Doubs, eastern France. It is next to the Forest of Chaux and about 35 kilometers from Besançon. The architect was Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806), a prominent Parisian architect of the time. The work is an important example of an early Enlightenment project in which the architect based his design on a philosophy that favored arranging buildings according to a rational geometry and a hierarchical relation between the parts of the project.

The Institut Claude-Nicolas Ledoux has taken on the task of conservator and is managing the site as a monument. UNESCO added the "Salines Royales" to its List of World Heritage Sites in 1982.

Today, the site is mostly open to the public. It includes, in the building the coopers used, displays by the Ledoux Museum of other futuristic projects that were never built. Also, the salt production buildings house temporary exhibitions.

The train line from Besançon to Bourg-en-Bresse passes just next to the salt works. The station for Arc-et-Senans is only a few dozen meters from the site.


Nearby Places

  • Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans
  • Les Arsures

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • By, Doubs

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Samson, Doubs

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Arc-et-Senans

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Brères

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Buffard

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Lavans-Quingey

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Liesle

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

  • Lombard, Doubs

    Commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

Explore nearby popular places

Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans
eg: Hotel

Share this page