Chateau d'If, Marseille

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Island · Historic Site
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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  • We travelled by boat to this intriguing little island not knowing what to expect. We knew it had some history. The trip was not very long. We only had limited time before the boat came back for the...  more »
  • Constructed from 1524 on an island that was once connected to the mainland, the Chateau d’If provided France with the capacity to protect their valuable port of Marseille some 4 decades after...  more »
  • Amazingly picturesque and legendary fortress sitting on the white rock in the middle of the Marseilles' bay. Beautiful construction, visit at your own pace, stroll in the small park, rest with a coffee. Only accessible when weather allows.
  • Cool for the first 30-45 min. But don't think it was worth the ferry ride and having to wait for the ferry to pick us up (comes roughly every hour and half). Not everything is translated to English. A lot of the rooms/cells look the same and while the view is nice, there's limited seating to enjoy it without standing on or sitting on bird poop. The bathrooms are modern and clean on the island.

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