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Shepherd Entertainment gives you the history of Achilleion in Corfu and shows you its sites and attractions. Achilleion visitors
can enjoy the old castle with its rich history, the castle park from where a beautiful panorama opens on the capital city and The Kaiser Bridge.000a
The wife of Franz Joseph, Elizabeth of Bavaria bought the — estate in 1861. Based on the plans of an Italian architect, a neoclassicist style castle was built here which was named Achilleion after the favorite hero of the queen. After the death of Sissi, it was bought by German Emperor William II who spent six summers in the castle. Following his defeat in World War I, it was occupied by Serbian and French troops who developed it into a military hospital. Later it became a boarding school and a college. From 1962 to 1982, a German casino was in operation here which was later moved to one of the big hotels of the capital. Today, we can find here a museum that displays personal belongings of the queen and the emperor. Sissi followed Schliemann’s excavations closely and she visited all the sites of the battles of Troy. She also collected antiques and for this reason, the idea of building a castle in Corfu occurred to her.
Following the death of her son Rudolph, court life in Vienna became increasingly unbearable for her and she spent more and more time in the Achilleion. She was assassinated in Geneva in 1898, and her successor as the owner of the castle was German Emperor Wilhelm who himself was very fond of the antiques ancient Greece. As an amateur archeologist, he supported several excavations and he was present at the excavation of the Artemis Shrine. He couldn’t spend more time here because of the outbreak of World War I.
It’s not only the castle that’s worth looking at but also the castle park from where a beautiful panorama opens on the capital city. The statue park of the royalties is crowded with tourists. Travel agencies bring visitors by hundreds of buses everyday, not to mention the individual travelers. The Kaiser Bridge also reminds us of Wilhelm. The pier once used as an imperial beach still stands but the bridge spanning the road has been pulled down to make more room for the tourist buses.
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