Monday, September 6, 2010

Achilleion Palace

Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi)
welcoming the visitors
.
Friday morning spent by the pool,
skipped the lunch
and drove to Achilleion Palace
.
Neo-Classical Palace
- built in the late 1890s
for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria
.
The entrance hall to the palace is
dominated by a massive
marble staircase and
stunning ceiling decorations
.
Pale mint green room
.
Detail of a wall decoration
.
Gorgeous fireplace
.
Interesting detail:
dark red ceiling and pale blue walls
.
View of Corfu Town from the palace garden
.
Huge statue of Achilles
before he got shot by an arrow to his heel
.
Beautiful pilars in the inner courtyard
.
The palace was ok,
but unfortunately only the ground floor
was open for public,
and there was not so many personal belongings
of Sissi
- it could have been made better & nicer
even by using replicas
.
On the way back to Corfu Town
it started to rain
and the weather changed much cooler
.
Rainy & windy evening!
.

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