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The Museum of the Camargue: photo description (Musee de la Camargue)

The Museum of the Camargue is not far from Arles, on the former farm of Mas-du-Pont-de-Rusti. The Museum begins with a journey through the land in the Delta of the Rhone river, which created the regional nature Park of the Camargue. Manages Museum Park administration.

The Museum features exhibits illustrating the history of the area, traditional classes, a few local residents, including breeding bulls, sheep and horses, rice, grapes, olives. In addition, here are produced the famous Camargue Sol "Flower of salt", appreciated by gourmets and chefs. From Museum exhibitions can also be found on reclamation works, construction of pumping stations, flora and fauna of the Camargue.

This unique area was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, in the 70-ies of the last century there was created a natural Park to preserve wetlands in the Delta of the Rhone and the adjacent Mediterranean coast. Its area is about 930 square kilometers. Initially this place looked like swamps, interspersed with small Islands of sand and lagoons with sea water. In the XIX century portion of this land was subjected to drainage and adapted for rice cultivation. More to improve these lands did not try - probably because of the constantly blowing strong winds and high soil salinity, which are not allowed to engage in construction or agriculture.

But the Camargue is the only one in Europe where pink flamingos nest. In addition, the Camargue stop for the rest of migratory birds 270 species. The locals here breed black bulls, which are sold to attend the corridas in France and Spain. Also it is home to low-growing wild horse breed - Camargue, covered with hair of silver-white color.