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"Achilleion - A luxurious 3 storey building." Top 5 Page for this destination Corfu Island Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

Corfu Island Tourist Traps: 20 reviews and 35 photos

  Inside the small chapel of Achilleion.
by Jerelis
  • Inside the small chapel of Achilleion. - Corfu Island
      Inside the small chapel of Achilleion.
    by Jerelis
  • Amazing interior! Is this large or what? - Corfu Island
      Amazing interior! Is this large or what?
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  • Iris in front of a statue of Sissi. - Corfu Island
      Iris in front of a statue of Sissi.
    by Jerelis

Achilleion was built between 1889 and 1891 and is a luxurious 3 storey building in Pompeian style with neo-classical elements, and is surrounded by verdant gardens decorated with excellent works of art. It was built by the Italian architect Kardilo on behalf of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, better known as Sissi. It is situated near the village of Gastouri, where, in former times the mansion of the philosopher Petros Armenis Vrailas stood. It housed Corfu’s casino between 1962 and 1992 and it’s interior decoration with paintings and statues by the best artists of the period left us with an unparalleled impression.

We visited the Catholic chapel which is housed in the palace . The decoration of this chapel was of striking beauty. We also loved to see the old pictures, paintings, chairs and other objects that gave us a good impression how Sissi must have lived.

Unique Suggestions: Travel by footh (a nice walk from the beach) or by car. Try to avoid a bus trip. Whenever you do this it will mean that you will arrive with a lot of people at the same time and have little moving space to explore the palace. We went to the palace just in between the arrival of two busses and were able to walk around in our own pace and take pictures without all those people on it :-)

The palace of Achilleion, Gastouri.

Situated at the south side of the island. It's a 10 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

Fun Alternatives: Visit the little villages of Pontikonissi or Benitzes, which are close-by.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2007
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