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Quality foundries for 25 centuries
The Haute-Marne has been known for the quality of its foundries for almost 25 centuries. In 1681, King Louis XIV called on a master forger from the Blaise valley and ordered 400 firebacks and fountain pipes for the Château de Versailles. With more than 250 foundry and forge machines, the Conservatoire des arts de la métallurgie (Conservatory of Metallurgic Arts) concentrates the memory of the Haute-Marne and illustrates a remarkable human and industrial adventure. Housed in a former foundry in Dommartin-le-Franc, closed in 1992, the Conservatory has a large collection of 19th and 20th century tools.
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