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.
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
- 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)