Royal presence aside, the grounds of Mon Repos is a key slice of heritage even before the palace was constructed. Believed to be situation directly on top of where the ancient city of Corfu once existed, Mon Repos now functions as an archaeological museum featuring artifacts from a nearby excavation site. Alongside the period exhibits in every room is a special exhibition of photographs that detail old Corfu.
The building itself is simple but elegant. Each room is painted its own colors, from light green to coral red to powder blues. Wall edgings, decorative frames and textured ceilings are white; sharpen your eyes by seeking out the etching along the borders. The elaborate, burnished red lamp posts outside the entrances are also remnants of its previously polished image. Of its classic features, the airy and high-ceiling foyer is perhaps must enrapturing.
Where the residence itself it small and time worn, the woodland park is immense and strewn with the ruins of the ancient city. Old, stone arches trail along walkways, leafy canopy extending out to provide shade. Massive trees line the property between wild shrubberies, and a dirt trail will take you along the coastal perimeter. Hunt down the various stonework and statues amid a pleasant stroll – access to Mon Repos park is free. There is a map of the park grounds upon entry.
There is a shuttle that runs between Paleopolis and Corfu town that comes by every 40 minutes, but you can easily make the distance on foot. There also isn’t much to commemorate Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, apart from a plaque at the front entrance – but you will find plenty of other historical references within the building itself. If you are looking to fill up an hour or two of your afternoon itinerary, Mon Repos is an interesting and convenient attraction to visit.