Discreet castle standing on the hills of Port-Marly in Yvelines, the Château de Monte-Cristo used to be home for the famous “The Three Musketeers” or “The Count of Monte Cristo” novelist. Make the most of European Heritage Days on September 18 and 19, 2021 to enjoy fun facts about the novelist’s life. A dressed-up comedian will tell you the life of Alexandre Dumas, the way he worked, the atmosphere that used to reign in Monte-Cristo when the writer lived there.
Make the most of the last summer days to visit this neo-gothic house built in 1846 by architect Hippolyte Durand in the upper Port-Marly, in a nine-hectare estate laid-out in English style with caves and rockeries. This estate is magnificent, with the main house, the Château de Monte-Cristo, housing lounges, a dining room, as well as a library and a Moorish drawing room decorated with delicately stucco chiseled arabesques made by Tunisian craftsmen.
The author invites many people who often outsaid their welcome. Alexandre Dumas hosts big parties with hundreds of people and gourmet meals he cooks by himself.
By his house, Dumas has had a work cabinet built, the Château d’If, in a neo-gothic style, so he can work in peace. The writer has the name of his works sculpted on the façades, setting his work in stone.
To know more about Alexandre Dumas’s life habits at the Château de Monte-Cristo or to discover fun fact, come and visit the estate in the afternoon, from 2 p.m., a dressed comedian will roam around the estate and delivers visitors many facts about the writer’s life and leisure.
In addition to the tour, the castle hosts a temporary exhibition in the park and on the second floor of the house. This year, discover Pierre Treilhes’s work, a sculptor twisting objects, taking us to a poetic and playful universe.
Ready for an adventure?
Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021
Château de Monte-Cristo
78560 Port Marly (Le)
Tarif journées du patrimoine: €4