The Mansion of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of the modern Greek State, is among the most impressive buildings of Corfu Old Town. It is located in the Mouragia district, nearby the Museum of Asian Art and above Faliraki. This building and the wider quarter can be well seen as the ferry approaches the island from Igoumenitsa or Italy.
This mansion was built in 1840 based on the designs of the then-renowned architect Ioannis Chronis, on the location of an older mansion of the Kapodistrias family. During the period of the Ionian State, this building was the residence of the president of the Ionian Senat and after the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece, the offices of the Prefecture were housed there.
During World War II, this building housed the Italian Military Offices and after the war, the Prefecture was hosted there again. In 1977, the Greek Ministry of Education conceded the building to the Ionian University to house the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation, which is housed there until today.
The mansion has four floors and an inscription at the entrance states that Conte Ioannis Kapodistrias was born there in 1776. The interior has an impressive marble staircase that leads to the first and the second floor, wooden ceilings, and arches. Many works need to be done for the restoration of the mansion.
The building is used for the needs of the University and not as a museum.
How to get there
The Kapodistrias Mansion is located in Corfu Town just a 10-minute walk away from the central bus station and a 13-minute walk away from a parking lot.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Kapodistrias Mansion and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.
Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.