Room 204 One of our larger rooms and most damaged rooms. The main bedroom is it’s original size but was badly eroded, thus reconstructed with stone. Following the layout of most other rooms, “homes,” we assume this area was a stable. The bathroom was the kitchen and the glass covered hole was a tandir. The alcoves were storage shelves, we added the decorative design to these. The area at the back of the tub was also extended by us. The small bedroom was just that, sleeping quarters. The beds, closets and furniture were all made on sight as were the ornaments attached to the arch in the bedroom. 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.