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Visit to the Castle of Monte Cristo

The Chateau de Monte Cristo is located in the Paris region in Port-Marly, one hour from the center of Paris. The castle is famous for having been the residence of Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, was already rich and famous when he built a new residence in Port-Marly, he named it le château de Monte-Cristo. The building is as big as this great writer, baroque and grandiose. Dumas was a bon vivant, he had many mistresses and invited a large number of people to his castle. He lived a lavish lifestyle and was soon forced to sell his castle to raise money. The castle will then know a long period of disinheritance before being saved from the demolition. Today you can visit the house and the park which have kept the imprint of Dumas. It is necessary to come by car because there is no public transport.

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Duration: 2 h.

The entrance of the castle

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The entrance of the castle
For visitors it is easy to park as there is a large free parking lot. The entrance to the park and the castle is not free on the first Sunday of the month.

The park

The park
The park is not very big but it is very pretty with many small corners, do not hesitate to discover it in its entirety by leaving the signposted path.

Passage under the rocks

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Passage under the rocks
Numerous passages have been built. A stream has also been diverted. This gives a lot of charm to the park.

The castle of If

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The castle of If
The château d'If is a small house located a few meters away from the main residence, it was the study of Alexandre Dumas. As it is small, it is not possible to visit it, you can simply see the room in which the writer worked.

The facade of the château d'If

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The facade of the château d'If
On the façade you can see the titles of Alexandre Dumas' novels.

The castle of Monte Cristo

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The castle of Monte Cristo
It is the residence of Alexandre Dumas, it was built in 1847. Unfortunately he will not live in this castle for long, he will be obliged to sell it to pay back debts, he will leave it definitively in 1851.

The castle of Monte Cristo

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The castle of Monte Cristo
Although the building seems imposing, it is not very big and can be visited in half an hour. Inside you will find many documents recounting the life of Dumas. The house has lost its original furniture. The façade is magnificent.

The Moorish lounge

The Moorish lounge
Dumas was a great traveler, he was inspired by his travels to create a room in the oriental style. This room is not representative of the whole castle, the other rooms are more classical.

Haydée's garden

Haydée's garden

Contemporary art

Contemporary art
Well, here we are with the inevitable contemporary sculpture(?) made with Nespresso capsules. What more to say, everything is on the picture.

The park

The park
The small park is really worth a look. The visit of the park and the castle can be very fast, you can see everything in one hour by going quickly.

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