Achilleion, Corfu

Around 10 kilometres away from Corfu town sits the Achilleion palace on the edge of the village, Gastouri.

From there you get a panoramic view from the north, of the city, across to the south, where you can see the southern part of the island and the Ionian Sea. The palace was built as a refuge for Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the 19th-century after the death of her only son. It’s architecture was inspired by the ancient palace of Phaeacia in Greek mythology to reflect Elizabeth’s admiration and love for Classical Greece. Currently, the palace operates as a museum which is open to the public. Both outside and inside you can see statues of ancient Greek philosophers, heroes, and mythical ancient gods.

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