Monday, December 04, 2006

Marseille - a few historic sites worth visiting

The city of Marseille goes back 2600 years. Still it has no old town and very few grand monuments, but there are a few, and they are witnesses to an long and dramatic history of this city.

The Chateau d'If (picture), was built as a fortress on the smallest island in the Frioul archipelago 575 years ago. This fortress, was converted to one of France's most famous prisons, immortalised in the novel the Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas.

Today you may visit the old prison by taking a ferry from Quai de Belge in the Old Harbour. Sadly, we did not get the chance to visit the Chateau d'If. Still we managed to see a few other interesting historic sites and I will present them to you.

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