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|A Tour of Corfu's Palaces
Departing from the port or from your holiday accommodation we drive to the hilltop village of Gastouri and Achilleon Palace. This magnificent building was built between the years 1890 and 1892 by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria (known as Sissi) after one of her visits to Corfu. The large building, in neoclassical style, has three floors adorned with many statues and paintings. The vast gardens surrounding the building, with a wonderful view of a large part of the island, run down to the coast road. They are decorated with many statues, the most famous of which are the two bronze runners, the dying Achilles (the mythological Greek hero) and the statue of Achilles Triumphant. After the assassination of Empress Elizabeth in 1898 in Geneva, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany purchased the palace in 1907 and used it as a place for relaxation. All of the rooms contain personal items of the former owners and their original furniture.
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