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I think that I have found the place. Bad Kreuznach near the Rhine has 8 installations for the production of salt in an area called Salinental. Together they have a length of 1.100 meter. In the nineteenth century that city was named Bad Creuznach. I have a stereo card in my collection made by a photographer Jacobi, who worked in that place.
These constructions look like installations for the production of salt in Germany. I have seen some of these constructions in Bad Sulza. The installation is called in german "gradierwerk": see for a description in German http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradierwerk. Bad Sulza is near the river Saale in a region called Thuringen (not far from the city of Weimar) . Salt was produced by leading mineral water over twigs and reeds. There are similar installations in other parts of Germany. From a very early date people noticed that the workers in these installations did not suffer much from lung diseases. So in Germany most places with "Bad" in the name had a spa and offered medical treatment. In most cases these places also had a "Gradierwerk". In England you have Bath with mineral waters.
it looks like the first one on the right is the backside of a tribune? maybe there's one or two more in the picture... if so, they're all looking at the same side, facing from the sun.
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