Château de Monte-Cristo

Le Port-Marly, France

The Château de Monte-Cristo is a writer's house museum located in the country home of the writer Alexandre Dumas. The château was built in 1846 by the architect Hippolyte Durand. Dumas named it after one of his most successful novels: The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846). Durand also built a writing studio on the grounds, which Dumas named the Château d'If after another setting from the same novel. In 1848, short of money, Dumas had to sell the property.

The château fell into disrepair by the 1960s, it was restored with the patronage of King Hassan II of Morocco, who financed the restoration of its Moorish room. Since 1994, the two châteaux and gardens have been restored. The entire property is operated as a public historic museum memorializing Dumas.

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Founded: 1846
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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star trek09 (2 years ago)
Its beatiful! So rich in history and wonder! The gardens look like they belong at a palace! So many little ponds and mini waterfalls, the grass is green and good for little kids. The house of Dumas is very pretty, it looks like a tea cup or something of the sorts from a fairytale!
Greta Blake (2 years ago)
Great little place, beautiful gardens.
Kate Birinder-Ross (3 years ago)
Fabulous little hidden gem.
Mark Spencer (3 years ago)
Lovely little château and museum dedicated to Alexander Dumas. If you have difficulty walking advise the staff in advance as they can route you directly to a gate that greatly shortens the walk.
Benoit Laflamme (3 years ago)
Really nice garden with a recently restored castle. I find the visit of the interior was not really worth it. Note that you cannot have a picnic once inside the fence of the castle.
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