Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece: where Prince Philip, Duke of
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Philippos of Greece and Denmark) was born at the Villa Mon Repos on the island of Corfu, Greece on 10 June 1921, the first son and fifth and final child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Baptised at
Built in 1831 the Mon-Repos Palace is located located just above Corfu Town, on the hill of Analipsis and adjacent the ruins of the Palaiopolis of Kerkyra (the acropolis of ancient Kerkyra),atop a hill within a 250 acre park in the middle of Corfu's archeological centre. According to historians, the ancient city of
The gates of Mon Repos Estate are always open — at least during visiting hours from 8:30–15:00, Tuesday through Sunday. Like most nature-oriented activities on the
Yachts and ferries going to and from
If anything that's what the Mon Repos Estate offers its visitors - a touch of whimsy set in a garden steeped in history. From the palace the circular network of pathways all seem to lead from one antiquity to the next - an ancient Christian chapel with peeling blue frescoes to the ruins of a Doric temple. The farther one retreats upon the pathways into the gardens, the more one seems to remember the still, refreshing hush of nature - so much so that it seems somewhat shocking when, suddenly, another human rounds the bend and becomes visible.