The imposing palace of Mon Repos is located within the forest of the Analipsis hill which lies in the area of Kanoni, south of the modern city of Corfu. Architectural remains of the ancient city known as Corcyra have been found adjacent to the palace highlighting the archaeological and historical significance of the site. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful wooded park with exotic trees and flowers offering a great opportunity to relax and escape city bustle.
The construction of the palace began in 1828 for the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his wife Nina Palatino. The elegant building has characteristics of the colonial architecture mixed with elaborate neoclassical elements. Short after the mid-19th century, Mon Repos palace was used as a holiday resort of the British governors of the island. In 1864 when the Ionian Islands were reunited with Greece, the palace was given as a gift to King George I of Hellenes who established its current name. From this point onwards, the palace became the birthplace and residence of several royal members, including Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
The history of the palace is marked by World War II, when the Italian Occupation of Greece established the residence of Parini, the political administrator of the Ionian Islands.
The ownership of the palace consisted for several decades a point of contention between the Greek government and the former royal family of Greece. The villa operates as a museum in present-day where the visitors can admire a rich collection of treasures of the Ionian history. With 285 acres of parkland, Mon Repos is an extremely popular attraction which is particularly valued for the magnificent physical and cultural landscape. The dense vegetation of the evergreen trees makes the park an ideal destination on hot summer days. There are several routes for walks or runs offering an even more pleasant experience.
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