THE HISTORY OF SALT

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The Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks was formally a salt production site, but nowadays it is better known for the architecture of the buildings rather than for the industrial activity that was the root of its existence. A museum area located in the Director’s house tells the story of the production of salt through brine that was transported from Salins-les-Bains by underground pipelines. Beyond this specific activity, the exhibit presents a brief history of the role of salt in peoples’ lives. Visitors can learn about its origins, geography, means of exploitation, and its role as an essential element of taxation under the old regime. Other topics are the important symbolic and ritual roles of salt, and the use of salt from the past to the present.


THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE EXHIBITION…

AND THEIR DESCRIPTIONS :

> The origins of Salt

> Salt production

> The Royal Saltworks

> Salt routes and salt trade

> The value of salt

> The use of salt