The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has reportedly decided to turn vintage building Wakala Al-Sultan Qaytbay in Cairo into a private hotel.
Said to be a first of its kind initiative by the ministry, the EGP100m($6.3m) project will turn the Islamic archaeological site to hotel, a report by Arab News said.
It is being funded by Ministry of Housing, Fatimid Cairo Authority.
Wakala Al-Sultan Qaytbay is said to be an urban caravanserai and apartment complex built in the late-fifteenth century, during the Mamluk era, by Sultan Al-Malik Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Qaytbay.
It is considered one of the prominent Islamic buildings, which are characterised by the Mamluk era architecture.
This vintage building, which consists of three floors, overlooks a spacious inner courtyard. While the ground floor was used for trade, the two upper floors were used for housing.
The construction of the new private hotel on the site is expected to be completed by next year, Archaeologist and Historic Cairo Development Project director general Mahmoud Abdel-Baset told the publication.
The project aims to create a unique hotel while preserving ancient archaeological heritage. It will house furnish that aligns with the history and location of the building.
Furthermore, the shops at the front of the complex will be retained and they will continue as serve as commercial outlets for tourists and visitors.
Red hollow bricks are being used for the development of the hotel as they are lighter and do not affect the structural integrity of the original elements of the facility.
According to the report, the bricks were previously used in restoration efforts of the building from the 1940s.