Get prepared for a lifetime experience in the island of Corfu!
The old town of Corfu is the capital of the Ionian island cluster and this is not without reason. Corfu has a long history of being the target of imperialism and this is now reflected in the architecture on the town.
Apart from the strategic structures, the colourful history has left its mark on the residential structures in the heart of the town. Corfu was under Venetian rule from 1386 to 1797 as part Italy’s imperial foreign policy and during those years, the town underwent ‘Italianization’ to some degree. Following the demise of the Venetian nobility, Corfu was ceded to the French, before passing under the auspices of the British Colony. The “Venetian Citadel” of Corfu has seen many battles and conquests, and was used as fortified barrier against the Ottoman Empire. This history is reflected in previously residential mansions that also have a keen architectural interest.
Our 4* Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel is the ultimate city hotel. Perfectly complementing all that is charming about Corfu, characterised by elegance and touches of luxury, and a selection of 18th century antiques, our centrally located hotel is an ideal choice for adults, where guests can easily combine work and leisure.
City exploration is within your reach as the town of Corfu is in close proximity, ready to captivate you with its grandeur and history; the Corfu promenade awaits you!
Top 5 architectural buildings to explore:
1. Mon Repos
The historical villa of Mon Repos was built in 1828 as a summer residence for British high commissioner and his wife, until 1831. Following that was used to house the school of fine arts as it was rarely used as a residence for future British commissioners. In 1834 it was opened for the public, showcasing archeological artefacts. Now it is an archeological museum.
2. Palace of St Michael & St George
The palace was built in 1818 as homage to the Order of St. Michael & St. George. It is of neoclassical design by British architect G. Whitmore and built of Maltese rock. It represents all Ionian islands and the interior is intricate with tactile decorations and textural artwork.
3. Mansion Rikki (Strada Larga) Moustoxidou no. 15
From the Venetian epoque circa 17th century. It has noteworthy details such as head and bust sculptures of men and women of the era. It also has a large balcony where the residents used to watch jousting competitions.
4. Mansion no. 4 (on 4th side-road Ypapantis)
One of the most beautiful mansions of the town, this 2 storey building from the Venetian era features the entrance of the doorway being incorporated with the balcony of the first floor, as per the renaissance style.
5. Mansion no. 4-6 (on the 1st side-road Prosforou)
This 3 storey mansion is one of the largest with an external stairwell, leading to a patio that appears to have been an enclosed conservatory. Arches form the base of the patio and a coat of arms graces its entrance