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Entrance tickets to the Château d'If

Duration: up to
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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.

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COVID-19 information

The 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

What’s included

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

Ferry

Guide

Location

Boarding in Vieux Port (down of the Canebière) on 1 Quai de Rive Neuve, 13001 Marseille

Meeting point:

Present your voucher upon arrival at the Chateau d'If.

Provider

Monuments Nationaux

Important to know

  • Open ticket valid until 31 December 2023