Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Sarinu rowaiaru

On Christmas Eve, we took an afternoon trip to Saline Royale, the site of a "ideal" society built for a salt-mining community. The architect, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, was a visionary, totally ahead of his time, and more or less a mad genuis.

The complex was built in 1775, actually inhabited for a while, and is now classified as a UNESCO World Hertiage site.

Buildings inside:

He was really big on having the housing divided up for different workers. While Saline Royle has identical housing, other projects were more bizarre -- like, a barrel-shaped building for the barrel makers, etc.

Interesting details:

Entrance to the community:


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