Achilleion - Τhe sad empress retreat.
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- Achilleion – Τhe sad empress retreat.
The historic Achilleion lies 10 kilometers from Corfu Town. Built on the top of the hill, near the picturesque village of Gastouri, it constitutes one of the most famous villas in Europe. It was built in the 19th century on the initiative of the Empress of Austro-Hungarian Empire Elizabeth, known by the nickname Sisi, as her summer haven of rest in order to deal with her health problems.
Due to the love of the Empress in ancient Greek history, to this day, fine statues and elaborate paintings crafted with references to ancient Greek mythology adorn the interior of the palace. In the upper part of the palace extends a lush garden with the famous statues of Achilles - the empress' beloved hero. But for the majority of the visitors, the best part is the garden. Filled with 19th-century statues and lovely views of the sea, it definitely is a must-see landmark.