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Castle of If, Marseille

Categories: Islands, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
An impressive castle, Castle of If was the setting for Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel "The Count of Monte Cristo." This three-story building is 28 m (91 ft) high, situated on an island, and bordered by three towers with large gun embrasures. The castle never weathered an actual attack, though, and was eventually transformed into a prison. French Protestants were sent there in the early 19th century. The castle was converted into a public museum in 1890. It can now be reached by boat from Marseille's old port. Using our custom trip planner, Marseille attractions like Castle of If can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Located half an hour by boat from the old port of Marseille, the island of If was known for being portrayed in the movie the count of Monte Cristo, as a prison. Ride is 2 hours.
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  • We toured the Castle very quickly (1 hour max). Positives: the interesting tour, the view of Marseille negatives: tiny site.
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  • The first walls were built to protect the harbour in 1524 by avoiding the entry of enemy troops in the city. The Marseillaise were not particularly enthusiastic about the lmportuna close "with a displacement of 200 soldiers and 22 artillery pieces. The work ended in 1531 and, when Emperor Charles V is personally attacking Marseille in 1536, hinders the advance and the offensive fails. It was later turned into a prison with several distinguished guests: the Chevalier Anselme (1580), Jean Serres, EliebNeau etc., in two centuries were locked up 3500 Protestants, including children of prominent families. The fame of this castle is due mainly to Alexandre Dumas who wrote a part of history in his book "the count of Monte Cristo" during the unjust imprisonment, at the Chateau d'if, and escaped. We came back for the second time and I love it, if I'm nearby I will come back again.
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