[Palace of Versailles]

~Basic information~

The Palace of Versailles is a French royal palace located in the Ile de France region, about 15 miles south west of Paris, France, that was built for King Louis XIV in the late 1600s. The Palace of Versailles required the work of approximately 3000 people to construct the building and the grounds. There are more than 700 rooms, including 1,200 fireplaces and 60 staircases in the Palace of Versailles. In today’s money it would have cost roughly $2 billion to build. In 1682 the French government moved to Versailles and it remained there for almost 100 years. In 1789 a mob took the Palace and the French Revolution began.

”Dying Achilles”

Dying Achilles (marble, Ernst Herter, 1884) at Achillion Palace, Gastouri, Corfu. Achillion Palace is a luxurious and beautiful villa in Corfu. It was built in the 1890’s as a summer palace for Elisabeth von Wiltelsbach Empress of Austria, widely known as Princess Sissy. Given her passion and admiration for the Greek mythology, the Empress decided to name the palace Achillion in honour of Achilles, and to populate the building and its surroundings with a plethora of statues representing sundry mythological and historical Greek and Roman figures. The Dying Achilles stands on the terrace in the peristyle with the Muses. It is a marble statue by German sculptor Ernst Herter, made to a commission by Elizabeth in 1884, and originally located in her palace in Vienna.