Near the village of Gastouri, 10km’s south west of Corfu Town, it was built the Achilleon Palace by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria (known as ‘Sissi’). The statues that surround the palace of Achilleon inspired by ancient Greek mythology. At the outer areas of the palace there are the most valuable statue of the mythological Greek hero, the ‘Dying Achilles’ and the largest statue of Achilles the ‘Victorious Achilles’.
At Corfu Town, in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George is the Museum of Asian Art which is unique in Greece and one of the most important of its kind in Europe. It contains some 11.000 exhibits spanning the 11th century BC to the 12th century AD from variety of Asian countries. The greater part of the collection come from China and Japan, while the rest come from Tibet, Korea, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia. The museum’s collections have grown through private donations, which the most significant are of the diplomat Grigorios Manos, N. Chatzivasileiou and Ch. Chiotakis. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions and educational programs and collaborates with other museums.
Located in the St. Michael and St. George Palace the Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu established in 1978 and is the only one private institution that exhibits corfiot art. Contains a huge collection of paintings by corfiot artists of 19th century, that were donated. Additional activities: periodic exhibitions, educational programs for students, seminars and lectures.
The Byzantine Museum is located at the center of Corfu Town in the area of Campiello at Arseniou street and it is housed in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Antivouniotissa (Kyra Antivouniotissa). It is one of the city’s oldest and richest ecclesiastical monuments. It is the only church-museum in Greece. Exhibits early Christian sculptures, parts of Byzantine frescoes and a collection of portable Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons from 15th to 19th century by anonymous or famous artists including Nikolaos Tzafouris, Michael Damaskenos, Emmanuel Lombardos, Emmanuel Tzanes, and Victor and Michael Avramis.