Mon Repos Palace and Park
Greece, Corfu (city)

Mon Repos is a huge park, on the territory of which the oldest ruins on the island are concentrated: medieval monasteries, ruins of the Byzantine church, the ruins of an ancient temple of the VI century, the Venetian fountain. In the center of the park is the Mon Repos Palace - the residence of the Dukes of Edinburgh. This is a small but very beautiful palace with colonial architectural elements. It was built in 1826 by the British commissioner Frederick Adamson as a gift to his Greek wife Nina. In 1828, the commissioner was sent to serve in India and they had to leave the palace.
In 1833, the school of fine arts was located here, and in 1834 the park was open to the public. The palace later became the summer residence of all the English governors of Corfu. Empress Elizabeth of Austria stayed in the palace in 1863. After unification with Greece in 1864, the palace was granted to King George I as a summer residence. He called the palace "Mon Repos". The royal family used it as a summer residence until 1967. After the proclamation of the Hellenic Republic, King Constantine II was overthrown, and Mon Repo was confiscated and abandoned until 1990.
For many years, disagreements over ownership of the palace lasted, which led the ex-king and the Greek state to court. And in 2002, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg awarded the ex-king compensation of less than 1% of the cost of the palace (£ 7 million), while allowing the Greek state to retain ownership of the property.
Currently, Mon Repo is used as a tourist attraction, where you can take a walk in the shade of pines and olives, listening to the birds singing and the sound of the sea, see the setting of the palace, portraits, personal belongings of its inhabitants, among the exhibits of the museum many treasures of the Ionian Sea are exhibited.

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