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. (