Do this because
Discover a unique panorama off the coast of Marseille
Uncover the story behind the fortress
Enjoy the Count of Monte Cristo permanent exhibition
What to expect
Discover the history of the perfectly preserved "Château d’If", one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline.
Located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Bay of Marseille, the fortress was built in 1524-31 under the orders of King Francis I. The purpose of the building was to protect access to the port and to defend the coastline from sea-based attacks. In 1580, it became a state prison and its role won't change for 400 years. Over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power, especially Protestants and Republicans, were jailed and died in the fortress.
The most famous prisoner might be Edmond Dantès, the hero of Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo, who was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The fans of the novel will be glad to visit the permanent exhibition: Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo.
COVID-19 informationThe following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
The experience complies with government regulations
Social distancing is enforced
Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
Entrance to the Château d'If
Self guided tours with guide booklet and historical comments in French, English, Italian and Spanish
Permanent exhibition Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo
What’s not included
Boarding in Vieux Port (down of the Canebière) on 1 Quai de Rive Neuve, 13001 Marseille
Present your voucher upon arrival at the Chateau d'If.
Important to know
- Open ticket valid until 31 December 2023