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Château d’If

Château d’If is my first post on France. I am still on holiday, but I have my laptop with me, so I took a bit of time to process the pictures and write a short post on this wonderful place. Most likely my next post will be a picture-only post.

Château d'If

Château d’If is in Marseille. It can be reached only by boat. The trip is long enough to make it an experience on its own, but short enough not to take too much time for anyone who only has half a day available. The boat trips are quite often and there are lots of nice restaurants and cafes nearby, if there is a need to wait.

What makes Château d’If so impressive is not only its long history, but its literary connections. It is one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The history is not ignored and there are a lot of interesting details on all sorts of things relating to the island and the castle.

The castle was built in the 16th century. King Francis I visited the region in 1516 to see the rhinoceros who survived the sinking of the ship which transported him. Locals persuaded the king to build a castle for their protection.

Boat to Château d'If

During the boat trip the captain tells the history of the place with plenty of jokes. He only talked in French and they did not offer us any English language translations. I understood almost all of it and translated to my husband the bits he did not understand.

stairs

Château d'If

Courtyard

How amazing is this courtyard? It is easily understandable why Dumas was inspired by this place for his novel.

exhibition

door

window

stairs

room

courtyard

graffiti

There are plenty of graffiti on the walls, as one could expect from a place which was a prison for centuries and a place where visitors came in their hundreds from the 1800s. So, these are talked about in the presentation boards throughout the museum.

lighthouse

flowers

Garden

There is a small fully enclosed garden and it looks lovely.

Garden

Sea

window

Entrance and exit

Lighthouse

I had a wonderful time and I would highly recommend visiting it.

3 Comment

  1. You have so many wonderful photos here! I love that courtyard. It would be fun to examine all that graffiti more closely, too.

    I’ve been enjoying your Instagram posts, so I look forward to more blog entries about your holiday.

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