Petit Futé's opinion on MONTE-CRISTO CASTLE
"The most royal candy store that exists," Balzac used to say of this castle. In 1844, enriched by the success of the Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas decided to have a "little house" built on the hill of Port-Marly. Two years later, the realization had taken the form of a beautiful residence: a neo-renaissance castle with sculpted facades, installed on 2 floors with turrets, bell towers, terraces. In addition to guided tours, the castle occasionally offers dramatised visits on the last Sundays of the month from April to October.
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A place full of magic and history!
At the height of his glory, in 1844, after the success of the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo, which appeared successively in the press in the form of serials, Alexandre Dumas sought to establish himself far from the incessant tumult of the city in a place where he could find enough peace and quiet to work and provide publishers with his manuscripts.
Dumas then resides in Saint Germain en Laye. Seduced by the landscapes along the banks of the Seine, he chose a hill located on the slopes of Port-Marly to build his home. He hired an architect, and not the least important one, Hippolyte Durand, to make his dream come true. He wanted a renaissance castle built in front of a gothic castel surrounded by water. The park was to be laid out in the English style and embellished with caves, rock gardens and waterfalls. Dumas gives his instructions and his estate is designed according to his wishes. On 25 July 1847, the writer hangs the house-warming party in the presence of a crowd of friends, admirers and curious people..
A place with unique architecture!
The castle of Monte Cristo is a charming residence with entirely carved facades. History, nature and the soul of the writer are omnipresent: floral motifs, angels, musical instruments and weapons rub shoulders with various strange animals. Above each window on the ground floor, Alexandre Dumas has had a portrait of a dramatic writer of all eras placed. In the place of honour, above the front door, Alexandre Dumas himself seems to welcome his guests. On the pediment are the arms of his ancestors and his personal motto "J'aime qui m'aime" (I love who loves me). Finally, the bells at the top of the castle's two turrets are adorned with the writer's interlaced initials.
Message from Management MONTE-CRISTO CASTLE
Come and meet the man and the author, Alexandre Dumas!
Through a walk in the park, a visit of the salons of the Castle, discover all the secrets of the author. The many activities for all ages will allow you to feel the atmosphere and history of an era full of magic and history.
Our team is waiting for you to accompany you on this colourful journey!
See you soon,