The famous island fort facing Marseille immortalized by Alexander Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo. The castle was built by François I in 1529 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. Tha Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline. Your ticket allows you direct entry to the monument.
Make your own way to the Château d’If in Marseille and use your pre-paid ticket to skip the line and enjoy priority access. Once inside, set out on a self-guided tour and spend as long as you like exploring the magnificent castle. A crucial fortress. Francis I of France wanted the Château d’If to fulfil three functions: protect the coast from invasion; provide cover for the new royal fleet of galleys, and keep watch over Marseille, annexed to France in 1480. The castle was also used as a state prison from 1580 until 1871, and housed some of France's most notorious prisoners, including the Comte de Mirabeau, incarcerated on the orders of his father the famous Physiocrat. Alexandre Dumas' iconic novel The Count of Monte Cristo was also set at the Castle, with the main protagonist Edmond Dantès imprisoned at If.