Whether someone has visit the island of Corfu or not, it is certain that knows the existence of Achilleion Palace.

The story of the Empress of Austria, Elizabeth has made a huge impression through books and movies that have been made and are widly known to a range of ages. The Achilleion Palace is associated with her, who went down in history as the sad Queen Sissy.

Achilleion Palace is located 10 km outside the city of Corfu next to Gastouri village, in a landscape filled with olive groves and lush vegetation. It is a milestone in the history of the island.

The visit to the palace is definitely worth it as an experience as it is a treasure of cultural elements that one cannot but feel awe in front of the endless nobility of Ancient Greek inspired masterpieces that decorate the palace.

Empress Sissy

The Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, known as Sissy, was feeling devastated after the tragic loss of her son Rodolfo in 1889, who is said to have ended his life because he was in love with his half-sister, sought refuge in Greece and specifically in the island of Corfu.

Having visited the island for long periods of time while living in Mon Repo, she fell in love with the beauty of nature and the mythological references and wanted to build her own palace.

Thus, in the 19th century, she bought the villa of a Corfiot and built Achilleion in its place.

She dedicated the palace to Achilles, with many speculations to associating it with her lost son, who like Achilles, seemed vulnerable in his own Achilles heel, his forbidden love.


Μουσείο Αχίλλειο Το Αχίλλειο / Ιστορία   http://www.achillion-corfu.gr 

Αχίλλειο Αχίλλειο  https://el.wikipedia.org/

Μηχανή του Χρόνου Σίσι, η πανέμορφη πριγκίπισσα που αναζήτησε καταφύγιο στην Κέρκυρα https://www.mixanitouxronou.gr/

Text Editor: Μαρίλια Μακρή
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