Commissioned by Austrian Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria as a summer holiday home, Achilleion Museum was also home to Kaiser Wilhelm II. After her son died, Elisabeth decided to design a palace in Corfu, a favorite holiday destination. In 1890, the palace was built with a focus on the mythical hero, Achilles. Enter through the manicured gardens, which are dotted with statues representing Zeus and Hera. Inside the palace, you're greeted by a portrait of the tormented empress. You can explore her room, which is filled with its original artwork. The kaiser, who bought the home after the empress’s death, is represented in a room featuring his personal items, including his portrait and other paintings. Plan to visit Achilleion Museum during your Gastouri vacation using our convenient Gastouri trip builder.
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ce jour là il ne restait aucun guide en français, un peu frustré de faire la visite sans commentaire en français, dommage more »that day there was no guide in french, a little frustrated to visit without comment in french, damage
Make sure to visit this palace with a guide who knows the history; it makes for a fantastic visit. The garden is nice, the view spectacular, and the architecture and original furnishings add to the ex... more »
We visited Achillion Palace for the first time, arriving by bus , helped by a lovely Greek lady who turned out to be a security guard at the palace. The palace itself is a beautiful building - I was a... more »
Nice place, worth to see. Some parts of the palace (or better said a small mansion) are renovated - front part, other parts are still neglected - back side, the terrace and some rooms. Inside it is nothing special, dont expect many things to see... downstairs there are two furnished rooms - one with the things of Sissi, the other with the things of Wilhelm II. The staircase is beautiful, but the rooms upstairs are almost empty. The garden around the palace though is beautiful and well-kept. It has also some views to Corfu town. You can get there easily with a public bus from the capital. The entrance is 8 euros.
Wonderful place to visit on your travels, good place for a solid history and culture lesson.
Great place, try to avoid loads of tourist by going at morning.
Late hours are not so crowded and not so hot which is important especially for visiting the gardens. Don't forget to borrow an audio guide and you'll find out really interesting facts for the palace and its inhabitants. Unfortunately the top floor of the building and the forest which are part of the place looks abandoned while they can complete the magnificent feeling of the palace.
The Achilleion Palace was built by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi. Elisabeth was a woman obsessed with beauty. She had a very powerful, but tragically vulnerable character since the loss of her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1889. A year later in 1890, she built a summer palace in Corfu island, about ten kilometres to the south of the city of Corfu. The central theme of the palace is the mythical hero Achilles. Elisabeth spoke fluent Greek and expressed a desire to further immerse herself in the Greek culture. The palace was designed by Italian architect Raffaele Caritto. Ernst Herter, a famous German sculptor, was commissioned to create works inspired from Greek mythology. His famous sculpture Dying Achilles, created in Berlin in 1884 as inscribed in the statue, forms the centrepiece of the Achilleion Gardens. The palace surrounded with classic Greek statues is a monument to platonic romanticism as well as escapism and was, naturally, named after Achilles: Achilleion. The place abounds with paintings and statues of Achilles, both in the main hall and in the lavish gardens depicting the heroic and tragic scenes of the Trojan war. The architectural style is Pompeian.
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