Grande Saline, Salins-les-Bains, Franche-Comte, France

The salt mine at Salins-les-Bains lies in the Jura valley, surrounded by steep cliffs upon the top of which two forts can be seen. Salt, an essential of life for thousands of years, particularly for food preservation, was highly valued, and had to be protected.

The mine was in operation for 1200 years until 1962, and today you can visit the site and the museum. The working conditions in the intense heat were truly terrible in order to extract this precious commodity known as ‘white gold’.

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