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- Chateau d’If
- Alt Name:
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- 1500AD - 1599AD
- Marseille History Museum, Fort Saint Nicholas,
Fort Saint Jean,
about Chateau d’If
Chateau d’If was a fortress turned prison and the setting for Alexandre Dumas' famous novel, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’.
Located on a tiny island a mile off the coast of Marseille, Chateau d’If was built in the sixteenth century under King François I to protect Marseille from coastal invasions – the strength of this building has never actually been tested as it has never been subject to an attack.
Between 1580 and 1871, Chateau d’If was used to incarcerate anybody who rebelled or showed dissent against the state. Notoriously brutal, the prison at Chateau d’If mostly housed Huguenot prisoners.
Today, Chateau d’If is a popular tourist destination which houses exhibits about author Alexandre Dumas as well as offering tours of the cells of the prison.
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Address: Embarcadère Frioul If Express, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001 Marsei
Phone: +33 (0)4 91 59 02 30
Take a boat from the Old Port of Marseille (Quai de la Fraternité – near Cannebière road - nearest metro is Vieux-Port Hôtel de Ville, line 1). Boat ride is 20 min.
Open 9:30am-5:30pm (6pm May-Sept). Closed Mondays from 15 Sept to 31 March and 25 Dec. Check boat timetables before planning a trip (generally every 1hr 45 mins from 9am-5:30pm). Entry costs €5, €3.50 reduced, free for under 18s. Boat costs €10 return.
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