A small city in the Ile de France region in north central France, it is located in the western suburbs or pars, just miles away and presents visitors a great escape from the much larger city and an escape into the country. Home to just under 17,000 residents, it is home to a number of historical attractions of interest. From a trek through the historic old village to the much more suburban new village, all of the area offers its own unique perspective. As it continues to grow in popularity as residents look to escape the massive city of Paris, Marly-le-Roi is doing a wonderful job protecting its historic city center making it a great place to begin your day. Stroll the cobblestone streets, sit and watch the people at a local cafe or enjoy the peace and quiet of Marly-le-Roi.
After a stroll in the city, get out and check out its most famous feature, the Chateau de Monte Cristo. Home and park of the famous Alexandre Dumas, it is locate on Port Marly Hill just outside the city of Marly-le-Roi. Offering visitors a unique experience, the Chateau is a great place to glimpse the world and the life of the now famous writer. Filled with paintings, engravings and reproductions, it is one must see monument.
About The Chateau
In 1844, Alexandre Dumas was quite famous, in fact, most famous during this time than any other in his life. Having recently received notoriety thanks both the the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo, he was hoping to escape the city and gain some peace. To make this dream come true, he hired a notable architect of the time to create a massive renaissance chateau, a Gothic castle and even a moat in miniature. Gardens, rocks and waterfalls, grotto’s and more, the estate was created to his standards and in 1847, he welcomed his friends to his haven. From the salon decorated in a Moorish style to the The chateau d’If where Alexandre was know to write and of course the park, where the English style garden was perfect for a writer to gain inspiration, which still inspires today, this now famous retreat has now become a gift to the people. Once slated for demolition, the property is now protected and preserved for all to see.
You can learn more about the sight and their hours on their website at http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/en/.