Room 503 Being on the outer edge of a hill this room took the brunt of water erosion. The ceiling acted as a veranda floor for the five rooms above. There was far to much erosion to preserve any of the ceiling. As you enter the room the sitting area ahead was used for crushing grapes for wine. The alcoves above and in the bedroom were used for storing goods. The entry served as a utility room. There was evidence of sewing and animal tethering. The bedroom was totally caved in, the walls showing the window location remained but were too thin to use. We installed the bathroom dividing wall. There was a stairway outside the room leading to the levels above, which we reconstructed. The walls were cleaned by using a hammer resembling a geologists pick. The rough surfaces help the oxidization process which allows the stone to harden. A smooth surface would tend to collect moisture and cause flaking. This is the way the walls were done hundreds of years ago. You will also notice holes bored into ceilings of all bathrooms and some other rooms. These enhance air circulation which is necessary in preservation of the cave surfaces. Without ventilation moisture would collect and the walls and ceilings would deteriorate. The bed, desk, closet doors and windows frames were made on site. Stones were also sized on site. Construction started in October 2009. Standing at the bottom of the stairs the area to left of the restaurant, the restaurant and reception buildings as well as all the rooms accessible via the stairs and extending all the way to the right were completed and ready for opening in February 2011. The areas above the main patio level and to left of the restaurant were faced during the same interval. At one time there were 70 workers on site.