The whimsical design of the Castle of Monte Cristo in Port-Marly
In the hills of Port-Marly, in the French department of Yvelines, the Castle of Monte Cristo embodies the imagination of Alexandre Dumas, the author of « The Three Musketeers ».
The novelist Alexandre Dumas had this whimsical, highly imaginative, and Renaissance-style home, along with a nearby Gothic-style detached house, built in 1846. This architectural wonder overlooking the Seine Valley helped him find inspiration far from the hustle and bustle of Paris in an estate that reflected his own personality. The property is surrounded by an English-style garden set off by grottos, rocks, and water falls.
Port-Marly, home of the Castle of Monte Cristo
Romantic and narcissistic details abound, from plaques on the facades engraved with the titles of the author’s works to floral decorations and cherubs scattered throughout the design. The building was spared from demolition at the last minute in the 1960s, then transformed into a museum honouring the successful author of « The Countess of Monsoreau », « The Count of Monte Cristo », and « Queen Margot ».
A tour with an exotic flair
Start your visit to this earthly paradise by exploring the exhibition about the site. It provides insight into an author who continues to influence the literary industry, his theatrical works, the living room where he hosted the who’s-who of Paris, and the Mauresque Room. The decorations in this stunning room are made of sculptures and arabesques that have been meticulously carved into the stucco.