Also buried in the crypt at the Pantheon along with Victor Hugo and Emile Zola is Alexandre Dumas who wrote more than 100 novels and plays. His two most popular novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers were both published in 1844.
At this very successful period in his life, Dumas had a gothic castle built for himself on an estate on the outskirts of Paris and called it the Chateau Monte Cristo. The chateau is now a very interesting museum displaying historic photographs and copies of some of the many published books and plays.
The Chateau Monte Cristo is open from April to October from Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday. From November to March the museum is only open on Sunday afternoons. To visit the chateau by public transport take the Transilien/SCNF line L for Saint-Nom La Breteche from Gare St-Lazare. Get off the train at Marley Le Roi and take bus No. 10 from outside the station. Get off the bus at the 8th stop from the station which is called Les Lampes. Don’t get off at the stop called Square Monte Cristo, but the stop after it. Walk down the hill from the bus stop, turning right into Rue Kennedy and then take a footpath on the right which is signposted for the chateau.