Go by boat to the island prison Chateau d'lf, enjoy a great view of the Vieux harbour. Learn all about this fascinating prison.
Discover old graffiti of the prisoners
Visit the prison of the island fortress and enjoy a fantastic view of the port of Vieux from the boat
Learn more about the Protestants and Republicans imprisoned here
Step into a literary classic when you visit Château d'If, the island fortress prison that inspired Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo of 1844. Learn more about the imprisoned prisoners and get a fantastic view of the Vieux harbour!
Francis I of France used the Château d'If mainly to protect the coast of Marseille from invasion. Protestants and Republicans, as well as all those who opposed the official authority, were imprisoned at Château d'If from 1580 to 1871.
But the most famous prisoner here was undoubtedly Edmond Dantès, the protagonist of Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike him, your stay on Chateau d'If will not be 14 years of unjust imprisonment. Instead it will be a fascinating and picturesque single day.
Go over by boat and enjoy the magnificent view of the Vieux Port. Bypass the long queue to the fortress and enter to learn more about the various political prisoners imprisoned here long ago, such as Mirabeau and the Communards of 1871.
• Access to the Château
• No audio guides available, but a movie with subtitles will be shown during the visit
Château d'If, 1, Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille
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