Château d'If is a fortress located on an Island near Marseille in France. The fortress was built in the 16th century on the orders of the then King of France, who saw the island as a strategically important location for defending the coastline of France from sea-based attacks. The fortress is a three storey building with three towers. As well as being used as a defensive structure it has also been used as a prison. Today, it is a place open for sightseers to explore its grounds and discover its history.
The fortress is situated on an island around a mile away from the bay of Marseille. You can get to the fortress by boat from the Old Port area of Marseille.
Opening Times and Admission
In the summer months (April to September), the fortress is open daily 10am-6pm. In the winter months (October to March), the fortress is open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is set at 6 euros for adults and 5 euros for concessions.