Greece

The Achilleion in Corfu, Greece

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The Achilleion palace is in Corfu, Greece.

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Built by the request of Elisabeth of Bavaria, Empress of Austria. (1890)

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The main theme is Achilles, a Greek mythological hero.

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It was designed by an Italian architect, Raffaele Caritto.

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Making the architectural design Pompeian,

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and has many parallels to an imperial residence in Crimea (Ukraine and Russia is fighting over Crimea).

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It was purchased by Kaiser Wilhelm II, a German General. (1907)

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During World War I, the Achilleion was used as a military hospital by French and Serbian troops. (Circa 1914-18)

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The palace housed the Save the Children Fund orphanage under the administration of Armenian brothers Garabed and Margos Keshishian. (Circa 1921-24)

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During World War II, the Achilleion was used as military headquarters by the Germans, Japanese, and Italians. (Circa 1939-45)

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It was converted to a casino by a German company. (1962)

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The Greek state repossessed the palace. (1983)

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The Achilleion’s history sure is surrounded by involvements of many other countries.

Last Calls…

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Achilleion Website

 

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25 replies »

    • Based on the history of Greece, they have so much influences from other countries. Even then, it’s still amazing they have kept a distinct culture they can call their own, even in architecture.

  1. Amazing statues Rommel, I love the one of the child where you’ve mentioned the orphanage. Funny that the hat almost looks like a Scottish cap – called a tam o’ shanter.

    • I don’t know for sure. If that’s entirely Greek, it “looks” like the ones that Greek men wear while performing the traditional dance called Zorba.

  2. What an incredibly ornate and beautiful place, and a miracle that it’s survived given its history. So the Greek state still owns it? Is it used for anything or just preserved and open to the public?

    • Corfu is great for water scenery, but it wouldn’t hurt to explore and mix and match a Corfu visit with something historical, cultural or even mythological. 😉

  3. From your posts about Greece I understand why you fell in love with that lovely country. It is impossible to stay indifferent. All of your articles can be used as a nice tourist guide for people who planning to visit Greece.

      • You know what, Rommel, my point is if I follow blog I leave my “like” after visit and read or watch the actual post. I never leave “like” in Reader. That kind of like useless and not respectable. To read blogs is time consuming process but it worth to do so. For example, I am not sure I visit Japan in my life but I knew a lot of this country from the blogs like yours, from the impressions of real people.

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