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Entrance tickets to the Château d'If

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

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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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

  • The monument is closed on Mondays from October 1st to March 30th
  • The monument is closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
  • Free admission for children under 18 years, EU citizens (18-25), disabled people and their companion, French unemployed people, Pass Education holders
  • Free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month from November to March and on the European Heritage Days (the third weekend of September)

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