Posted by: travelrat | January 30, 2018

Mon Repos

Plaque at Mon Repos

‘I’ve travelled far; I’ve travelled wide but ne’er can I recall

Of ever hearing of a Duke born halfway up a wall’ (Benny Hill)

When I wanted more information about the Mon Repos Palace, Google directed me, at first, to our hotel, which is also called the Mon Repos Palace. But, it’s so called because of its close proximity to the Palace proper; it’s only a short walk away. Or, it’s on both the City Sightseeing and KEM No 2 bus route, if you don’t feel like walking.

Mon Repos

It was built in the early 1800s by Frederick Adam, the British High Commissioner to the Ionian Islands as a gift to his Corfiot wife. However, shortly after its completion, he was posted to India. His successors only lived in it ‘on and off’, although it did receive a fair quota of distinguished visitors. One of the most noted of these was the Empress Elizabeth of Austria … ‘Sisi’ … who visited in 1863. She had been ill, but made a miraculous recovery; some say because she was free of the constraints of the formal Austro-Hungarian court. Anyway, she loved Corfu so much that she had built her own palace nearby, the Achilleion .

In 1864, the Kingdom of Greece was established, and the palace came into the possession of the Greek Royal Family, who used it as a summer residence until King Constantine was deposed in 1967.

The palace is set in extensive gardens, which contain the ruins of the former capital of Corfu. The gardens are free to enter, but a small charge is made to enter the house, which is now a museum. On our first visit, it was locked up, and nobody seemed to be in attendance. But, when I stopped by a couple of days later, I found it was open, and contained a lot of interesting displays about the history of the house and the island.

Ruins at Mon Repos

And, of course, much is made of the fact that this is the birthplace of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The grounds make for a peaceful walk … but beware! The extensive paths are poorly signposted, and, as far as I could find, there are no maps available. But, if you have a couple of hours to spare, and don’t mind ‘being uncertain of your position’ for a while … why not?


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