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How to visit the prison cell of The Count of Monte Cristo in MarseilleHow to taste the pastis in MarseilleHow to climb the roof of the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde in MarseilleHow to walk through the Old Port in MarseilleHow to buy fresh oysters in the Old Port in MarseilleHow to take a walk true the Pannier quarter in MarseilleHow to take an excursion to the calanques in Marseille13 things to doin Marseille
An impregnable citadel, a fort on the If island, which was built to protect Marseille from any conquerors attacking from the sea.
The castle was built in the beginning of the 16th century by the order of the king. By the end of the 16th century, it changed its purpose and was used as a prison for especially dangerous criminals. The leaders of the Paris Commune were kept here and even executed.
Only in 1890 the fort was opened for free visiting. Since that time, it is visited by a huge number of travelers from all over the world, because the camera of Edmond Dantes from the famous novel of Alexander Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo" is located here.
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Château d'If on the mapLocation: If island in four kilometers from Marseille.
Works daily from 09:30 am to 18:00 pm.
Phone: +33 6 03 06 25 26
More places to visit in Marseille
The Old Port
The first french port, the Old Port, called Vieux-Port, was built in 600 B.C. And plenty of yachts and fishmen boats are moored here nowadays.6
The majestic medieval building Fort Saint-Jean is located on the demi-island in the north part of Marseille harbor.2
Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde is located on the highest part of Marseille and became the most-visited sight in the city.3
Four des Navettes bakery
The oldest bakery in Marseilles that is famous for traditional Provence busсits called navett which are baking in the shape of boats.2
In the museum gathered the most incredible inhabitants of the seas and oceans from tiny plankton to gigantic stuffed animals and skeletons of a whales or octopus.0