A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982
In December 1982, the Saline royale of Arc-et-Senans became a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it the 12th site in France and the 150th site worldwide to be listed.
It was the first industrial site in the world to receive this recognition.
The Saline royale is classified an exceptional monument as it is:
- the first site of this scale and standard designed as a place of work.
- witness to the birth of industrial society in Europe at the end of the 18th century.
- the illustration of an entire philosophical current that swept Europe during the Age of Enlightenment and contributed to a visionary form of architecture.
This registration, which was extended in 2009 to the Grande Saline in Salins-les-Bains, gives the Saline royale an international audience and thus increases its visitor numbers. Both sites, framed by their buffer zone, constitute the property registered on the UNESCO list under the name
From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Saline royale of Arc-et-Senans; the production of open-pan salt.