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Oh, poor Count of Monte Cristo!
16-OCT-2008 Marisa

Oh, poor Count of Monte Cristo!

Marseille (France)

Chateau d'If.

*Note for my American virtual travel companion from Ardenvoir (Washington)

The Château d'If is a former fortress built in 1524 on the tiny island of If,
in front of Marseille;it became a state prison in the 17th century.

The novel of Alexander Dumas "The count of Monte Christo" has made it famous.
Having made his watery escape after five years of incarceration
as the innocent victim of treachery,
the hero of the piece, Edmond Dantès, describes the island thus:
"Blacker than the sea, blacker than the sky,
rose like a phantom the giant of granite,
whose projecting crags seemed like arms extended to seize their prey".
The reality, for most prisoners, was worse:
they went insane or died (and sometimes both)
before reaching the end of their sentences.
Only the nobles living in the less fetid upper-storey cells
had much chance of survival,
like de Niozelles, who was given six years
for failing to take his hat off in the presence of Louis XIV,
and Mirabeau, who was doing time for debt.

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Steve Morris14-Nov-2008 20:07
Fanatstic photograph - could be an oil painting by a grand master!!
Yves Rubin12-Nov-2008 22:26
An outstanding capture (pun intended) of this amazing piece of history, bravo Marisa! BV
Bart Aldrich12-Nov-2008 17:59
It looks every bit the part of the black foreboding prison of the story. Nice shot and info.
Alex JR12-Nov-2008 17:02
amazing image!
love the colour
Jeroen Bosman12-Nov-2008 16:46
Came back for this one. It is really very atmospheric. The mood it conveys aptly fits its dark history. v
Nuno Boavida12-Nov-2008 00:51
Fantastic book and fantastic image.
Great sky and light. V
fdt11-Nov-2008 10:22
Magnifique prise. f
Sergey Korolev10-Nov-2008 07:41
Oh! So, that was it.. Incredible..
Wonderful image, thank you.
Nick Arena10-Nov-2008 02:46
Wonderful image..amazing light and tone.V
Guest 10-Nov-2008 01:17
Très beau rendu... V
FrankB10-Nov-2008 00:48
fabulous image of this notorious and infamous place! The mood is suitably dark and foreboding....V
Susanne v. Schroeder09-Nov-2008 23:30
Incredible! Fantastic mood.
marie-jose wolff09-Nov-2008 22:49
une atmosphère de fin du monde... V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography09-Nov-2008 22:36
Fabulous image, Vote.
mario .n09-Nov-2008 22:30
Une ambiance incroyable de dégage de cette image fabuleux Marisa !
Sandi Whitteker09-Nov-2008 19:11
Fantastic capture Marisa! Fabulous light and just the perfect mood, set beautifully by ominous clouds.
Marjan Schavemaker09-Nov-2008 18:42
Nice and dramatic image, Marisa! V
Gérard Koehl09-Nov-2008 18:03
Wow... fantastique. V
Frank Wilson09-Nov-2008 18:03
This photo is awesome in so many different ways. Top 10 shot all the way.
pr_rajan09-Nov-2008 17:28
Monte Dodge09-Nov-2008 17:18
WOW,,, this is like a painting and should be printed,, the larger the better,, what a nice photograph!! ~ v