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Something else to do whilst in Athens.....This one should especially appeal to all you Monarchists, Historic House and Fine Art enthusiasts

Haven't seen any articles posted about this subject (on this site) , so I thought I would take the opportunity.....refer to article below:-


Treasure hunt strikes gold at Greek ex-royal estate

AFP News

© 2007 AFP - Louisa Gouilamaki

Archaeologists searching the former royal estate outside Athens have discovered a treasure trove of art and antiquities, whose fate was unknown since ex-king Constantine fled Greece four decades ago. More than 200 ancient items and 300 paintings were found inside sealed containers in a royal stable and in the basement of the main residence at Tatoi, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) northwest of the Greek capital, culture ministry officials said during a media tour of the site on Tuesday.

"It's a real treasure hunt, we are in the process of removing these marvellous items from boxes stacked in disorderly heaps," restoration supervisor Nikos Minos told AFP. A team of 21 archaeologists and restorers started work at the crumbling, 19th-century estate three months ago as part of a bid to catalogue its contents before restoration work starts to find a new role for the site. The collection includes the bronze helmet of an ancient Greek soldier, ancient glasswork including a perfume vial from Roman times, idols and clay vessels -- among them a 2,700-year-old painted jug bearing the form of a horseman, found intact to the amazement of archaeologists.

"It is a collection of great value, and happily in good condition despite the storage conditions," said archaeologist Dimitris Kaziannis.The paintings are mainly 19th-century Greek masters but a number belong to the 18th-century French and Venetian schools. The search also yielded over 100 religious icons and vessels, most of them not known to be in the royal collection catalogued by the late Queen Frederika, mother of Constantine and Sofia, the present-day queen of Spain.

Kaziannis said archaeologists found "a lot more" than was listed in either the inventory compiled on Frederika's orders, a later catalogue drawn up in 1973, or a final tally drawn up in 1991 when the former royal family was permitted to remove a number of items inside 10 containers. "We are continuing our search, there are surely more items to discover," said Kaziannis.

Home to the Greek royal family for decades, Tatoi in its heyday welcomed the cream of European royalty, from Kaiser William II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to King Edward VII of England and Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) of Austria-Hungary. Originally purchased in 1872 by King George I of Greece, a scion of Denmark's ruling house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gluecksburg, Tatoi fell onto hard times when its last owners abandoned it in 1967 shortly after a group of army putschists took control of government.

The estate was seized by the junta in 1973 along with other properties, sparking a legal grudge that was only resolved in 2002 when the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Greek state to pay 13.2 million euros (17.6 million dollars) to the former royal family.

Today, the rustic 4,700-hectare (11,610-acre) estate lies largely abandoned, its 37 romantic-style buildings in various degrees of disrepair and some barely standing. Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis on Tuesday said the Greek state intends to turn Tatoi into a park and establish a museum on the site, but the restoration effort will require at least another five years. "Whether we like it or not, these items and buildings are part of our history and they should be exhibited," he told reporters.

The Greeks voted to abolish the monarchy in 1974, in a referendum held shortly after the army junta collapsed and democracy was restored in the country. In January, Greece unsuccessfully tried to halt the auction at Christie's of 850 objects belonging to George I -- many of them silverware and works by jeweller Peter Carl Faberge.
 

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Εντυπωσιακές οι φωτογραφίες. Πραγματικά τα παλία ανάκτορα του Τατοίου μιάζουν με ένα χώρο που τον ξέχασε ο χρόνος... Σαν ένας Τιτανικός που μετα απο χρόνια τον επισκεπτόμαστε ξανά και βρίσκουμε πράγματα και αντικείμενα μιας περασμένης εποχής..
 
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Αυτά δεν είναι τίποτα. Που να δείς το παλάτι των Βερσαλλίων και πώς ζούσε ο Γάλλος βασιλίας :p
 

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I can't believe the hate of the monarchy meant that these buildings and this residence had to suffer because of it.

I hope to see the day they are restored to splendor in a democratic Greece.
 

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^^ that's true. Even in the USSR when they overthrew the Czars they looked after their imperial heritage.

This estate would make a fantastic attraction. Hope to see it restored soon.
 

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Not really, Czars had German background (Catherine the Great) and other mixes like all European royalty, including the House of Glucksberg that Greece also had.

Besides, don't generalize, most are happy to have a republic (such as myself), but there's still a minority that like them.
 

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If Catherine the great had german roots this doesn't mean that all of them were germans.

But the greek ones were pure germans, they had nothing to do with Greece and their culture.

P.S The last czar Nicolai Romanov was Russian.
 

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The House of Romanov or Romanese (Рома́нов, pronounced [rʌˈmanəf]) was the second and last imperial dynasty of Russia, which ruled the country for five generations from 1613 to 1761. From 1761 to 1917, Russia was ruled by a line of the House of Oldenburg descended from the marriage of a Romanov grand duchess to the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. This line was officially also called Romanov, although genealogists sometimes style it, more accurately, Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov.
The most important influences on Russia's development were German; Catherine, Germanophile; Peter the Great and Marx, German intellectual.

All European royalty is mixed. and the Greek ones were not pure German, they were from a Danish house and were mixed themselves. Some European royalty even traces its roots to the Palaiologos dynasty.

Anyway your comments smack of immaturity and xenophobia. Relax, foreigners are not that scary, they don't hate you as long as you don't act like a miserable griniari, that feels everyone owes you something.

Be cool man!!!
 

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I think you've learnt very well words like xenofobia and rasism.

But do you really know what's the meaning of these words or you just use them whenever you don't like something in my comments about certain things.

I am telling you again if you don't really get it, that these royal families who used to rule in greece, whoever they were, danish,german,english they had nothing to do with greece and greek culture.

There were brought in greece by western europeans.

And you need to open and read some books before posting anything here.

P.S Peter the great was russian and Marx was german jew.
 

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I think you've learnt very well words like xenofobia and rasism.

But do you really know what's the meaning of these words or you just use them whenever you don't like something in my comments about certain things.

I am telling you again if you don't really get it, that these royal families who used to rule in greece, whoever they were, danish,german,english they had nothing to do with greece and greek culture.

There were brought in greece by western europeans.
Yes, I know that. Do you know why they were brought to Greece? Becasue the western powers had to impose some stability amongst the suabbling Greek parties, clamouring for power.

P.S Peter the great was russian and Marx was german jew.
Yes, I said Peter was a Germanophile and Marx was a German Jewish, certainly not at all Russian. The Russians looked to the west to advance.

And you need to open and read some books before posting anything here.
Can you recommend one? I recommend you start reading books that are not authored by Greeks alone. I don't know if they are translated to Greek or how good your English is, but to get a balanced view and wider understanding, you have to read what others have written because judging from some of your posts, YOU'RE BRAINWASHED!!!
 

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P.S The last czar Nicolai Romanov was Russian.
Nicolai II was 75% of danish-german origin btw ,closely related to our dethroned royals.

I agree with Prometheus. As a child of a generation that didn't live through the burden of monarchy I find the current situation of Tatoi sad. Glucksburg family brought us endless grief but as gm2263 have said, τα τσιμέντα δεν ψηφίζουν.
 
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