Château de Monte-Cristo
At the height of his fame — thanks to the success of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” — and with a touch of megalomania, Alexandre Dumas seeks to escape the commotion of Paris. “I want a Renaissance chateau that faces a gothic pavilion, surrounded by water and an English park, adorned with grottos, rockeries and waterfalls.” These were the instructions given by Dumas to his architect Hippolyte Durand, who built this earthly paradise near Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, named after the eponymous hero of the author’s famous novel.
The neo-Gothic chateau, with its entirely sculpted facades, is a listed historical monument. Inside, the writer’s memorabilia is on display: portraits, letters, books and such treasures as the astonishing finely decorated Moorish lounge, where you will find the busts of Dumas’s favourite writers: Dante, Shakespeare and Molière, as well as a whole host of exotic objects brought back from his travels.
Opposite, discover the Chateau d’If, a small Gothic castle surrounded by water, that served as the author’s study. Try to identify the 88 titles of his novels carved into the facades. Devotees can complete the experience by visiting the writer’s tomb at the Pantheon.
And from April to October you can take theatrical and musical tours where costumed actors recount life in the chateau during the Dumas era.
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Days and opening hours
**From 01/04 to 30⁄06 and from 01/09 to 01/11 ** - Tuesday and Thursday: from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00. - Wednesday and Friday: from 14H to 18H. - Saturday and bank holidays (except holiday Mondays) from 10H to 18H. - Sunday: From 10h to 18h. Open on May 1st and May 8th from 10am to 6pm, November 1st from 10am to 5pm.
** From 01/07 to 31⁄08 ** - Tuesday to Friday: from 10H to 12h30 and from 14H to 18H - Saturday and bank holidays (except holiday Mondays) from 10H to 18H. - Sunday: From 10h to 18h.
** From 02/11 to 31⁄03, every Sunday from 13h to 17h. ** Open on SATURDAY and SUNDAY ONLY from 1PM to 5PM.
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