French author Alexandre Dumas Senior completed the adventure novel and literary classic The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844, at the same time he was publishing the equally famous book The Three Musketeers. There have been an impressive numbers of motion pictures based on the story of main character Edmond Dantès.

Inspired by real life event gathered from French police archives and some existing locations, an important part of the story takes place at The Chateau d’If, a fortress converted into a prison and standing on the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago, a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille. It set the scenery where Dantès is wrongfully imprisoned for fourteen years before he escapes with the circumstantial help of Abbé Faria, the « Mad Priest ». View full article »