Achillion Palace Corfu The Achillion Palace is located on a rocky outcrop approximately 10km south of the Corfu town, near the village Gastouri in Benitses. The impressive palace takes the visitors on a journey through the centuries when it was inhabited by two important historical figures, Empress Elisabeth of Austria 'Sissi' and Kaiser William II of Germany, who were both attracted by the physical beauty and cultural background of Corfu. Sissi built her palace as a summer residence to escape from the devastating death of her son and William II purchased it after her death in the early 20th century. Soon after that, Europe was preparing for the war and William did not have the chance to enjoy the palace longer. During the wars, the palace was abandoned and was subject to significant distractions. During the First World War it was used as a military hospital by French and Serbian soldiers, while during the Second World War it was used as command office for the axis powers. In the second half of the 20th century, the upper storey of palace was converted to a casino. The former elegant appearance of the palace was retrieved after many years of restorations. European leaders held a summit in 1994 and in 2003 the meeting of European ministers for Agriculture organised a meeting at the palace. Scenes for the James Bond movie, For your eyes only, where shot at the palace as well. The public can visit certain sectors of the royal residence and gardens which operate as a museum.
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