A good many years ago I read, and was greatly absorbed by, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. I was moved by the plight of the hero, Edmond Dantès, and how he was cruelly framed so that his rival could seduce his fiancee. His escape from the notorious prison, the Chateau d’If, was spectacular. As the book was a novel, I assumed that all elements were fictional. On visiting Marseilles, I was stunned to find that the Chateau d’If did exist and was as horrific as it was portrayed in the book. Even his friend in prison, Abbé Faria, was real. This panorama was taken while standing on the walls of the Chateau d’If.

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