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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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  • Despite the boats going quite frequently you need to buy your tickets for the boat ride to the island in advance. We went to buy our tickets at 10:30am and the earliest boat was 14:35, so be aware of....  more
    Despite the boats going quite frequently you need to buy your tickets for the boat ride to the island in advance. We went to buy our tickets at 10:30am and the earliest boat was 14:35, so be aware of....  more »
  • The castle has a great view outsides and it is quite famous because the novel. I don't have a chance to step onto the island. 
    The castle has a great view outsides and it is quite famous because the novel. I don't have a chance to step onto the island.  more »
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  • Worth seeing former prison island with an impressive fort. The shipping there doesn't take so much time and it's very nice. Like the island itself you can enjoy real Mediterranean atmosphere.
  • You can not go to Marseille or southern France without visiting the Château d'If. If you are a literature fan, history fan, or just love seeing the sights, this is where you want to be.

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