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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Philippe Berthé

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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

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    Rendez-vous at the Château d'If

    The famous island fort facing Marseille immortalised by Alexander Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo

    This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille, was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo as the prison where the novel’s hero, Edmond Dantès, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping.

    The castle was built by François I in 1524 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. The Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline.

    Tour

    • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Czech

    Duration: 45 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)

    • Historical comments: French
    • Audio-guide tour: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Guided tour: French

    • Reservations: 1 week
    Duration: 30 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)

    • Permanent exhibition: Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo

    Access

    • 1, Quai de la Fraternité in Marseille, old port boat bridge Frioul, If Express (20 minutes crossing to go and 45 minutes to come back)

    Contact

    Château d’If
    B.P. 70411
    13177 Marseille Cedex 20

    Reservations (weather conditions): Tel: +33 (0)6 03 06 25 26

 
 

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