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Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Museum of Asian Art)

Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Museum of Asian Art) Review

It may seem a bit incongruous to admire Ming pottery in an ornate British colonial palace as the Ionian sea shimmers outside the windows. But this elegant, colonnaded, 19th-century Regency structure houses the Museum of Asian Art, a notable collection of Asian porcelains, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Indian sculpture, and Tibetan temple art. The building was constructed as a residence for the lord high commissioner and headquarters for the order of St. Michael and St. George; it was abandoned after the British left in 1864 and renovated about a hundred years later by the British ambassador to Greece. After visiting the galleries, stop at the Art Café in the shady courtyard behind the palace, where you may have trouble tearing yourself away from the fairy-tale view of the lush islet of Vido and the mountainous coast of Albania. Don't miss the Municipal Gallery, accessed through a shady courtyard behind the palace, where you may have trouble tearing yourself away from the fairy-tale view of the lush islet of Vido and the mountainous coast of Albania.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Palaia Anaktora, at north end of Esplanade, Corfu Town, Corfu, 49100
  • Phone: 26610/30443
  • Cost: €3
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 8:30–3
  • Location: Corfu Town
Updated: 05-26-2011

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