Mon Repos of Corfu
One of the most impressive estates on the island now houses the Palaiopoli Archaeological Museum of Corfu. It is located just 3 km from Corfu town and was created out of love, and over time hosted prominent personalities. The summer mansion of the English High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, Frederic Adam, was built on the Mon Repos estate in 1831 for his beloved wife, the Corfiot Nina Palatianou, based on the designs of the English architect, Whitmore. The name, however, (Mon Repos meaning "my rest") was given to it by King George I who became the owner of the palace in 1864 with the union of the Ionian islands with Greece. The palace hosted Empress Elizabeth of Austro-Hungary, the legendary Princess Sissy, in 1863 before building the enchanting Achillion. Philip Mountbatten, later Duke of Edinburgh and husband of the Queen of England, Elizabeth, was born here. Mon Repos was chosen by Parini, the Italian political governor of the Ionian Islands, as a summer residence during the Occupation. With the restoration, Mon Repos was returned to the Municipality of Corfu before beginning a new adventure as Constantine Glucksburg claimed it as his own family fortune. Finally, after intense litigation, the estate was returned to the Municipality of Corfu in 1991. In addition to the Mansion, the Museum and the exhibits, you will have to opportunity to admire an incredible garden with rare plants and herbs.