Achilleon on Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian Empress
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Achilleon on Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian Empress

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Achilleon Palace on Corfu
Not so long ago, I talked about a happy life on the Greek island of Corfu youngGerald durrell, subsequently famous naturalist and writer, and his relatives. But even earlier, the paradise island of Corfu captivated the legendary Sissy - the Empress of Austria Elizabeth of Bavaria (1837-1898). Sissy, the heroine of cult films, serials and books, whose beauty has been preserved for us countless portraits, was not only a charming woman with a tragic fate, but also an intellectual. She admired the culture of ancient Greece, knew the Greek language, was deeply interested in ancient mythology and history. Achilleon, her palace on the island of Corfu, became a wonderful monument of Empress Elizabeth's attachment to this country.
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View of the island from the terrace of the park
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Achilleon Park

Sissy had pursued misfortunes all her life, she felt uncomfortable at the Austrian court, so she traveled a lot and sought solitude. When in 1889 the greatest grief in her life — the suicide of Rudolph’s only son — fell on the Empress, Elizabeth hoped to find a quiet haven in her beloved Corfu.
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Achilleone
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Achilleone
On the high bank, just south of the capital of the island of Corfu, was the villa of the famous Greek philosopher and diplomat Petros Vrylas Armenis, where his widow lived at that time. This place was chosen by Sissi and an exchange of gifts took place between the hostess of the villa and the empress - the villa was presented to Elizabeth, and the Armenis family received a magnificent diamond brooch as a gift.
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Achilleone
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Achilleon, fragment
In 1890, Achilleon was built on the site of the villa. It is usually called the palace - because it was built for the empress, but in fact it is the opposite of the palace: a place of oblivion and peace, a purely personal space tired of the life of a woman who wanted to be left alone with herself and nature.
You will not see ostentatious luxury in Achilleon; you should not compare it with brilliant imperial residences.
Here everything reflects the immaculate delicate taste of the hostess, her desire to contemplate. A huge park, for breakdown of which the plots adjacent to the villa were bought, descends to the shore, from its terraces overlooking the green island, the sea, the mountains bluish in the distance.
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Achilleon Park
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In the center is the statue "Achilles dying
Sissy chose Homer's tale of Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War, as a cutting-edge theme for her home. “I want a palace with columns, colonnades and hanging gardens, protected from prying eyes, a palace worthy of Achilles, which despised all mortals and was not afraid of even gods,” she wrote. In the park, among the many beautiful statues of the famous German sculptor Ernst Gustave Herter, stands out the sculpture "The Dying Achilles" (1884). Struck by the arrow of Paris, the hero raises his eyes to the sky, as if addressing the gods.
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Statue "Dying Achilles"

The snow-white palace soars over the island like a ship under sail. It is built in an eclectic, so-called Pompeian style. Italian architect Rafael Caritto, a native of Naples, was inspired by the architecture and frescoes of the villas found during excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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In the courtyard framed by the colonnade and open galleries, the white statues of the Muses and Gods, busts of Greek philosophers contrast with the columns painted in intense colors - blue and burgundy.
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Achilleon's Court
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Swimming pool in the courtyard of Achilleon
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Statues of the Muses in the Court of Achilleon
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Statues of the Muses in the Court of Achilleon
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Busts of philosophers in the galleries of Achilleon
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On the main staircase is dominated by a huge, 4 by 10 meters, the picture of Franz Matz "Achilles Triumph": Achilles rushes past the gates of Troy on a chariot, to which is attached the body of the Trojan hero he killed.
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Achilleon on the island of Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian empress Achilleon, Achilleon, Sissi, palace, Corfu, courtyard, empress, island, which, life, Achilles, war, statue, front, only, after, Palace, Greece, Dying, world

The painting "The Triumph of Achilles" on the main staircase

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Registration of the grand staircase of Achilleon
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Paintings, statues, ceiling paintings, including the beautiful ceiling "Seasons", and against the background of this harmonious decor - light, deliberately simple furniture.
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Ceiling "Seasons"
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Achilleon on the island of Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian empress Achilleon, Achilleon, Sissi, palace, Corfu, courtyard, empress, island, which, life, Achilles, war, statue, front, only, after, Palace, Greece, Dying, world

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Achilleon on the island of Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian empress Achilleon, Achilleon, Sissi, palace, Corfu, courtyard, empress, island, which, life, Achilles, war, statue, front, only, after, Palace, Greece, Dying, world

Achilleon on the island of Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian empress Achilleon, Achilleon, Sissi, palace, Corfu, courtyard, empress, island, which, life, Achilles, war, statue, front, only, after, Palace, Greece, Dying, world

Chapel of the Empress. In the apse painting "The Judgment of Jesus"
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Fireplace inlaid with ivory inlays

When the palace was fully prepared, the restless Empress lost some interest in him, although she sometimes spent time here. On September 10, 1898, Sissi was murdered in Geneva by an Italian anarchist. Achilleon was inherited by her daughter Gisele, from whom Kaiser Wilhelm II bought the palace in 1907.It was he who set up in the park, in the most prominent place, the brass statue of Achilles in armor. This warlike image is not very compatible with the melancholic sculptures of the park. In addition, the Kaiser ordered to write on the pedestal "Great Greek from the great German"! Fortunately, the inscription after World War II was removed, leaving only one word in Greek: "Achilles".
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Achilleon on the island of Corfu - the Greek orphanage of the Austrian empress Achilleon, Achilleon, Sissi, palace, Corfu, courtyard, empress, island, which, life, Achilles, war, statue, front, only, after, Palace, Greece, Dying, world

Statue of Achilles, erected by Kaiser Wilhelm
The palace became the property of Greece only after the First World War and survived a lot: it housed a hospital, an orphanage, a casino, a military headquarters, it was a place for diplomatic meetings, until finally it became a museum. At the entrance visitors are greeted by a marble statue of Empress Elizabeth. She is still present here - in a corner of paradise, which did not give her comfort.
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The marble statue of the Empress before the entrance to Achilleon
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