Saline royale, arc-et-senans, France

The Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) is a valuable example of early industrial architecture. Construction of the huge semicircular complex began in 1775 under Louis XVI, financed by a salt tax so unpopular it is said to have been one cause of the French Revolution. It was intended as the first step in creating an ideal city, but the plan was never realized.

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