The Défi de Monte-Cristo, an exceptional challenge where sporting effort joins the cultural imagination thanks to Alexandre Dumas, wanted to give on its website all the place that the Château d'If deserves: That of a historic and legendary place known all over the world! Thanks to Alexandre Dumas and the captivating history of Monte-Cristo, whose Château d'If is a central part of the novel, Le Défi de Monte-Cristo is a unique event, comparable to no other in the world.
It is an opportunity for you, participants of the Challenge who come to Marseilles, to visit this historic, magical site, built off the coast of Marseilles at the request of François I between 1524 and 1531. You can discover or rediscover the fabulous history of the Count of Monte-Cristo!
Le Château d'If et la légende de Monte-Cristo
Crédit photographique : © Chambre de Commerce et d'industrie de Marseille
"Live and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day when God deigns to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom will be in these two words: Wait and hope!
Your friend, Edmond DANTES Count of Monte-Cristo "
Extract from the Monte-Cristo Book by Alexandre Dumas
Crédit photographique : © 4vents / Centre des monuments nationaux
Located at the entrance of the harbour of Marseille in the middle of the Mediterranean rises the castle of IF. Royal fortress in the sixteenth century, then state prison from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century, it is a mythical place that is known worldwide. Opened to the public since 1880, it was declared a historic monument in 1926.
You will discover a place remarkably maintained by Le Centre des Monuments Nationaux and its administrator: Marie Armelle Baduel. Over the years this place has been enriched by several permanent exhibitions on the history of the Castle of If, the famous characters having stayed at the Castle of If but also on the history of Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo.
You can also admire the superb Monte-Cristo Trophy for the winner of the Challenge, presented in 1999 to the City of Marseilles by the then Portuguese consul, Miguel Pires. An original creation, unique, with the legendary dimension of Monte-Cristo.
Just 20 minutes from the Old Port, Château d'If is a must-visit for your stay in Marseille.
Le Château d'If, an exceptionnel national monument, must be respected (Le Château d’If is not a garbage or a toilets)