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From our Provence Collection......
A delightful mixture of a French Souvenir book with 8 photos in a sepia tone on antique French Beads on a Marquise Rhinestone Drop from the South of France.
The front features a Shield with a Crown at its Zenith embellished with a single Pearl.

Inside are photos from the Marseille region, including the famous Chateua d'If , (from the Count of Monte Cristo)  Notre Dame de la Garde, the Funicular, , Longchamps, a Transatlantic ship, , Fort St Jean, Hotel de la Ville and the Route de la Corniche.
the closure is unparalleled with an ornate toggle and endearing Heart charm.
 Measurements~ Beads are just over 19" around the neck,  Book is  .75" by 1".
Lynn Konrad

The Château d'If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.


The "château" is a square, three-story building 28 m long on each side, flanked by three towers with large gun embrasures. It was built in 1524-31 on the orders of King Francis I, who, during a visit in 1516, saw the island as a strategically important location for defending the coastline from sea-based attacks.[2] However, its construction was extremely controversial. When Marseille was annexed to France in 1481, it retained the right to provide for its own defence. The castle was therefore seen by many of the local inhabitants as an unwanted imposition of central authority.

The castle's principal military value was as a deterrent; it never had to fight off an actual attack. The closest that it came to a genuine test of strength was in July 1531, when the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V made preparations to attack Marseille. However, he abandoned the invasion plan, perhaps deterred by the presence of the castle.

The cell named after Edmond Dantès at the Château d'If


The Palais Longchamp is a monument in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille, France. It houses the city's musée des beaux-arts and natural history museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
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