Mon Repos villa was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands, Frederick Adam, and his second wife, Diamantina 'Nina' Palatino, in 1828–1831, although they had to vacate the villa soon afterwards in 1832 when Adam was sent to serve in India. The villa was rarely used as a residence for later British governors. In 1833, it housed a school of fine arts, while in 1834, the park was opened to the public. Empress Elisabeth of Austria stayed there in 1863. Here she fell in love with the island, where she later built the Achilleion Palace.

After the union with Greece in 1864, the villa was granted to King George I of the Hellenes as a summer residence; he renamed it 'Mon Repos' (French for 'My Rest'). The royal family used it as a summer residence up until King Constantine II fled the country in 1967. The villa subsequently became derelict, but was restored in the 1990s.

The villa was confiscated under controversial circumstances some years after the declaration of the Hellenic Republic in 1974. Its confiscation, and the confiscation of other property of the deposed and exiled King Constantine II, without any compensation, led to a court case in the European Court of Human Rights.

The King's argument centred on the claim that the property in question was acquired by his predecessors legally and was therefore subject to regular personal inheritance. The Greek state argued that because the property was either used by the royal family by virtue of its sovereign status or obtained by taking advantage of that status, once the monarchy was abolished, the property reverted to public ownership automatically.

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Founded: 1831
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Greece

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Mark Allen (8 months ago)
It's a nice estate where a few remains of the former prehistoric city can be seen. Temple of Hera should be visited as is an example of the stunning level of preservation that is there, and if Corfu had an enthusiasm towards investigating, preserving and displaying its archaeology, then have no doubt the ancient capital would get World Heritage status. It really has that potential. Only given 3 stars as 'museum' in the estate (formerly Prince Philip of UK's home) is sparse, and parts of temple being held up by breeze blocks and bricks.
Fabio Lima (8 months ago)
The place is located in lovely area with nice view but the place is completely a mess. Lack of maintenance ...the garden is so pour for a memorable place in Corfu. A little a bit maintenance and tidy up will be appreciate and probably bring more tourist. Corfu gouvernmnt that's is not acceptable
Elizabeth Delorme (9 months ago)
Nice little museum and building. The park is a great place to walk and explore. Definitely worth a visit. There also appears to be a lot of work going on in the park so improvements look to be coming.
Ionut Ionescu (11 months ago)
Very nice place. I would like to see more information regarding Prince Philip and his childhood. Nothing related to him to see there.
RaphaelLioz (11 months ago)
Nice park to walk around. I think you can go to the beach from there. The museum is not too big.
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