Corfu is a resort island in the northwest of Greece where Greek mythology once flourished, where European royalty secluded and sunbathed and modern tourists swamp the beaches and hills in the summer season. On a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea is the beautiful Achilieion Palace built in 1890 by Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Bavaria for her summer home. A famous German sculptor was commissioned to create works inspired from Greek mythology. His famous sculpture Dying Achilles created in Berlin in 1884 forms the centrepiece of the Achilleion Gardens. 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. After her death Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany bought the palace and expanded and adorned it with more elegance and statuary including an imposing bronze sculpture of Achilles that stands tall as a guardian in the Gardens. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilleion_(Corfu))

 

Greece, Corfu Island - on a hill overlooking the Ionian
Greece, Corfu Island - on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea ...
Greece, Corfu Island - entry gate to Achilieion Palace
Greece, Corfu Island - entry gate to Achilieion Palace...
Greece, Corfu Island - the beautiful Achilieion Palace built in 1890
Greece, Corfu Island - the beautiful Achilieion Palace built...
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace...
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace...
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace; statue of Empress
Greece, Corfu Island - statuary at Achilieion Palace; statue...
Greece, Corfu Island - bronze relief detail at Achilieion Palace
Greece, Corfu Island - bronze relief detail at Achilieion Pa...
Greece, Corfu Island - bronze relief detail at Achilieion Palace; Achilles
Greece, Corfu Island - bronze relief detail at Achilieion Pa...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase railing
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase rail...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase ceiling detail
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace grand staircase ceil...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace corridor
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace corridor...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace concert room
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace concert room...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace plaster detail
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace plaster detail...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace painting
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace painting...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace sculpture detail
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace sculpture detail...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; little visitor imitating sculpture pose
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; little visitor imit...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace sculpture detail of dancing youth
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace sculpture detail of ...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace bronze youth
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace bronze youth...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace painting of Elizabeth
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace painting of Elizabet...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; one of many statues of Achilles
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; one of many statues...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze statue of Winged Mercury in
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze statue of Wi...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace statuary in the courtyard
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace statuary in the cour...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; view down to the main gardens
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; view down to the ma...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze youth
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze youth...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze youth
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; bronze youth...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying Achilles (1884); the
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying Achilles (1884); his
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying Achilles (1884); his
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; statue of the dying...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; view from the gardens
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; view from the garde...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bronze statue of the
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bro...
Base of Achilles statue
Base of Achilles statue...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bronze statue of the
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bro...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bronze statue of the
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bro...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; face of Achilles
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; face of Achilles...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bronze statue of the
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; twice life-size bro...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; overlooking the Ionian Sea toward Albania
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; overlooking the Ion...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural of Achilles with
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural of Achilles detail
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural of Achilles with
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural detail; center figure could
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; huge interior mural...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; garden statuary
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; garden statuary...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; garden statuary detail
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; garden statuary det...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; unique tree trunk in garden
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; unique tree trunk i...
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; cafe and view
Greece, Corfu Island, Achilieion Palace; cafe and view...