Achillion is one of the most famous royal mansions of Europe, and perhaps the most important architectural attraction of Corfu located despite Gastouri village, about 10 km. From Corfu town.
The mansion was designed by Italian architect Raffaele Karitto (Raffaele Caritto) and Antonio Lannti (Antonio Landi) with supervisor the consul of Austria in Corfu Alexander Warssderg at first, and after the death of Baron Von Bucowitz, in pompiino rate and built in 1890 to fully charge the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, which due to its construction called delicate health. On the mansion dedicated to Achilles, from where the name, the courtyard of which enriched with statues of ancient Greek mythology. Of these, the most famous works are the “Seven Muses” and Achilles Dying of Cherter.
Elisabeth was murdered in 1898. In 1904, according to others in 1907, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany (aka “Kaiser”) bought the Achilleion, where he lived during the regular spring visits to Corfu. He was very cultured man and a lover of ancient Greek civilization. Placed a colossal statue of Achilles with the inscription “To the best of the Greeks from the greatest of Germans.”
After the First World War, the property of the villa that passed the Greek government when it was abandoned until 1962 decided the assignment of a West German then company to operate as a casino, at the behest of King Paul to become comparable to Monaco with it would mean that for the parallel development of Corfu. Eventually the casino operated by some to jump to 1981 when the then political surges forced to close. He began the reopening, in the EOT direction, 1984.
It is a rhythm Pompeian mansion. Inside bring important artists frescoes and decorations of the time its construction, while the second floor has an Ionic colonnade. Around the palace are lush green gardens, with views to the north and south. The walls are full of bougainvillea with bright colors and towering palm trees everywhere. Gardens adorn many statues, mostly of Achilles, hero of the beloved Empress, who gave the palace its name. The Dying Achilles is a nice bronze statue, the work of the German sculptor Ernst Cherter. Perhaps Elizabeth of Austria moved by this statue and bought after the tragic suicide of his second son, the Archduke Rudolph in Magierligk. A second impressive statue of Achilles, height 15m., Was order of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Achillion can be visited at certain times of the day.