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20180523_Greece_5271 Corfu Town sRGB | by Dan Lundberg
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20180523_Greece_5271 Corfu Town sRGB

A room inside Mon Repos Palace with furnishings from the Regency Period of English history (1811-1829 CE), the style in vogue when Lord and Lady Adam lived here.


Mon Repos Palace was built in 1826 CE by the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands as a gift to his Corfiot wife. After he was transferred to India in 1832 CE, the palace was used for cultural and educational activities. Empress Elisabeth (“Sisi”) of Austria stayed here in 1863 CE and fell in love with the island. When the Ionian Islands were turned over to Greece in 1864 CE, the palace was gifted to King George I of Greece who gave it the name Mon Repos. In 1921 CE Prince Philip of Greece was born here who became the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Today the palace is an archaeological museum. The estate is on the site of Palaiopolis, the ancient city of Corfu which dates back to the 8th century BCE.


The island of Corfu—known as Kerkyra in Greek—is strategically located at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. Regularly fought over, the Romans gained control in the 3rd century BCE, continuing with the Byzantine Empire (eastern portion of the divided Roman Empire) from the 4th century CE. In 1386 CE the Venetians took over. They held off multiple attacks from the Ottoman Turks. In 1797 CE Napoleon Bonaparte secretly negotiated the end of the Republic of Venice bringing Corfu under French rule. All the Ionian Islands became a British protectorate in 1815 CE until being ceded to Greece in 1864 CE.


On Google Earth:

Mon Repos Palace 39°36'22.82"N, 19°55'34.05"E

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Taken on May 23, 2018