Archipel du Frioul
13007 Marseille

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"Château d'If is first and foremost a fortified island situated in the beautiful Bay of Marseille. The fort was in fact used as a prison for galley slaves, protestants and republicans. But it was of course brought to international fame by Alexandre Dumas' imaginary prisoner - The Count of Monte Cristo. The boat crossing from the Vieux-Port takes 20 minutes and offers magnificent views over the city and islands.
During your tour, don't miss the towers and catacombs featured in the tale of Edmond Dantès and Abbe Faria, the commemorative plaques of the 3,500 protestants sentenced to become galley slaves, and the horrific dungeons where prisoners were burned alive or strangled. Whipped by the Mistral wind, the Chateau still exhales a fascinating aura.


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Confort & services

  • Souvenirs etc.
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Visite guidée
  • Postcard shop
  • Book shop
  • Internet access
  • Catering


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Accreditations & ratings

  • Famille Plus

Opening dates

Open on : from Monday to Sunday from 10h to 18h

Open on : from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h30 to 17h

Open on : from Monday to Sunday from 10h to 17h

Conditions of access

Traversée maritime qu départ de Marseille Vieux Port : compagnie SACM, quai de la Fraternité.

Port, Harbour

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