St. Michael – St. George Palace
St.Michael-St.George palace be located in Corfu City on the island of Corfu, Greece. The Greek name is “Palaia Anaktora”.
The palace was built by Sir Frederick Adam, the British Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands. It served as the High Commissioner’s residence, but was also the home of the Ionian Senate and the Order of St Michael and St George. The foundation stone was laid on St. George’s day in 1819. The location is between the old town of Corfu and the Venetian citadel. After the union of Corfu with the Kingdom of Greece in 1864, the palace served as a Royal residence until the Second World War. It miraculously survived the Italian bombardment of Corfu City during the Corfu Incident. It suffered greater damage from its use as a temporary housing for the refugees from Epirus during the Greek Civil War. The Greek state was only able to restore the palace interiors in 1954 with the help of a private trust organised by Sir Charles Peake, the then British Ambassador to Greece.
Up to 1967, the Greek king occasionally used the palace on state occasions while in residence at his nearby villa, Mon Repos. Today the palace houses the Museum of Asian art of Corfu.
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