A comprehensive restoration of the Livadia Palace Museum is expected to start in September, said the museum's director, Svetlana Moskalenko, at a news conference in Yalta this past week.
"Under the previous administration, work was carried out only occassionally", said Svetlana, "such as the restoration of the Inner Courtyard and repairs to the roof."
According to estimates, the total repairs of the palace are expected to exceed $20 million USD, with half the funds being allocated this year.
Svetlana also stressed the fact that the palace would remain open during restoration work. "It is important for the palace to remain open to tourists, for financial reasons, as well as to keep museum staff employed."
This years marks the 100th anniversary of Livadia Palace which was built between April 1910 to September 1911.
© Royal Russia. 25 July, 2011