Chateau d'If, Marseille

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#2 of 15 in Nature in Bouches-du-Rhone
Island · Historic Site
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An impressive castle, Chateau d'If was the setting for Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel "The Count of Monte Cristo." This three-story building is 28 m (91 ft) high, situated on an island, and bordered by three towers with large gun embrasures. The castle never weathered an actual attack, though, and was eventually transformed into a prison. French Protestants were sent there in the early 19th century. The castle was converted into a public museum in 1890. It can now be reached by boat from Marseille's old port. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Marseille holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chateau d'If and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Very much worth the boat ride over which is a very fair price and only about 25 minutes from the port, the island itself is beautiful and the castle is very cool, be careful of the seagull though... 
    Very much worth the boat ride over which is a very fair price and only about 25 minutes from the port, the island itself is beautiful and the castle is very cool, be careful of the seagull though...  more »
  • Beautiful location, just 20 min of ferry boat from Marseille old port, where to take a look at the city and see this castle then prison, with lots of history. Became famous for Dumas’s book, but is... 
    Beautiful location, just 20 min of ferry boat from Marseille old port, where to take a look at the city and see this castle then prison, with lots of history. Became famous for Dumas’s book, but is...  more »
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nice place! Interesting 'video camera' in the Chateau, you will see what I mean when you get there!

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