The island of Monte Cristo

The island of Monte Cristo is one of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, is famous for the famous French writer Alexander Dumas, who sang it in the pages of the novel known to everyone. And the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago is the island of Elba, which went down in history in connection with the reference to Napoleon. The archipelago is located off the coast of Italy, in that part of the Mediterranean Sea, called the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The island of Monte Cristo is one of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, is famous for the famous French writer Alexander Dumas

The island of Monte Cristo covers an area of 12 square km. and, like all neighboring islands, is distinguished by a mountainous surface. It consists of ancient crystalline rocks - granite and marble. Most of its territory is covered by typical Mediterranean vegetation - heather thickets, frigans and maquis. The only suitable for parking modern vessels is the bay of Cala Maestra. Here inaccessible steep banks turn into a beautiful sandy beach, from which in the depths of the island of Monte Cristo stretched a luxurious green oasis from the Mediterranean pine pine.

The first settlers on the island of Monte Cristo were the monks who fled here in the 11th century. They owe the island its name. They say that when he saw the mass of his high mountain, one of the monks exclaimed in surprise: "Monte Cristo!", That is, "Lord, well, mountain!"

Monks built here a monastery, which in the Middle Ages enjoyed great influence among the then rulers of Corsica, Sardinia and Tuscany. It is said that for many centuries on the island of Monte Cristo accumulated fabulous wealth. They then caused the death of the community.

In 1534, Algerian pirates landed on the island. They destroyed the monastery and cut out all the monks, but the treasure was never found, and the uninhabited island of Monte Cristo becomes for a long time a favorite shelter like pirates, and smugglers. They, as they say, also often hid their considerable treasures here.

The island of Monte Cristo was bought and resold many times, but really glorified this "Mediterranean island of treasures" in his novel A. Dumas, who visited here in 1850 and heard stories about his past.

A lot of treasure hunters have been here, and some treasure hunters spent years here searching in vain for the famous cave, where Edmond Dantes found fabulous treasures.

Probably, to the real treasures of the island of Monte Cristo is the extraordinary diversity of its flora and fauna. After all, only here are preserved the unique Mediterranean mountain goats listed in the Red Book, royal seagulls and other rare birds and insects. Therefore, the island itself and the adjacent marine area are declared a protected area by the Italian government. Admission to this is allowed only a limited number of scientists.

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