The transformation of the Tatoi Estate into a museum
The Royal Tatoi Estate and its various buildings will be transformed into museum grounds.
The bidding process is set for May 2021.
Part of the plan is to catalogue the objects in three buildings, which have never been archived before.
According to the government, the aim of this project is to «bring the royal estate to life by using some of the palace grounds as a museum, highlighting the historical identity of the rest and resolving any legal issues pertaining to the use of the surrounding land».
The central building will be the museum with its balconies being removed so it can be returned to its original state. It will not be a traditional museum space with exhibits in window displays. The intention is for any furniture and objects to be placed in the spaces which they were originally used in. The stable grounds, for example, will house cars and royal carriages.
It will not be a traditional museum space with exhibits in window displays. The intention is for any furniture and objects to be placed in the spaces which they were originally used in.
The upkeep of the estate will be funded by an 8-bedroom boutique hotel in the building which was originally used as a hotel, a restaurant in the old palace kitchen, various activities, as well as the exploitation of the natural resources there, by means of organic farming and livestock rearing.
There are 900 olive trees in the grounds, as well as cultivated fruits and vegetables, which could be used to produce jams and desserts. There are also plans to bring back dairy and wine production.
The study is sponsored by the Athanasios K. Laskaridis Foundation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sport.