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Name: Ile d'If Light   Map it!

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Also known as: Château d'If Light

Nearest Town or City:
Marseilles, , France

Location: Bouches du Rhône département; about 1.5 miles offshore in Marseilles Harbor.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
Bureau des Phares et Balises

The small island is dominated by a castle originally built as a fortress in the 16th century, later converted to a prison made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel "The Count of Monte Cristo." The original lighthouse was destroyed in 1944.

Tower Height: 56

Height of Focal Plane: 89

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 6 seconds; range 11 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White round stone tower on a square base. red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1863: Round stone tower, 31 feet tall.

Date Established: 1863

Date Present Tower Built: 1948

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

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