Funds in for revamp of ex-royal site at Tatoi

The government has set aside 800,000 euros in its new budget for the much-delayed renovation of the former royal estate at Tatoi, it was revealed on Friday as authorities prepare to invite tenders for the project. An office was set up on the 3,000-hectare site at the foot of Mount Parnitha on the northern outskirts of Athens on Friday to accommodate renovation experts who will look through boxes of relics – paintings, manuscripts, clothes and carpets. There are also plans to create a sign-posted route for visitors. The Tatoi estate was designated a protected site in 2003 following years of lobbying by cultural organizations. The state took possession of the estate in 1994, but has only officially owned it since 2002 when ex-king Constantine received compensation for the expropriated property following a European Court decision.