Château d'If

Marseille, France

Château d'If


The Château d'If (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto dif]) is a fortress and former prison located on the Île d'If, the smallest island in the Frioul archipelago, situated about 1.5 kilometres (78 mile) offshore from Marseille in southeastern France. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas's adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

The Île d'If measures 3 hectares (0.03 km2) and is located 3.5 km (2+18 mi) west of the Old Port of Marseille. The entire island is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gun platforms surmount the cliffs, which rise steeply from the surrounding ocean. Apart from the fortress, the island is uninhabited.

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