Royal Initiatives: Issawi inspects renovation projects at historic sites

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Royal Court Chief Youssef Issawi, head of the committee to follow up on the implementation of Initiatives, visited Sharif Hussein bin Ali’s house in Aqaba Governorate, and the palace of Jordan’s founder, the late King Abdullah I, in Maan Governorate, which are undergoing renovation work under a Royal directive.اضافة اعلان

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, said Issawi, accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Housing Maher Abul Samin. Inspected renovation work on the house of the late Sharif Hussein bin Ali, which will be turned into a museum depicting his biography and the Great Arab Revolt.

Restoration was launched on an area of 845sq.m. under the supervision of engineering companies and contractors.

Issawi was briefed on implementation stages and the level of achievement as the rehabilitation and construction work is keen to preserve the architectural Hijaz style of the house, which was built next to the Aqaba Fort in 1917.

Currently, it houses the Aqaba Archeological Museum, which includes verses of the Quran in kufic script, gold coins dating back to the Fatimid era, pottery artifacts and a crown made of sand and stone found at the site of Ayla.

In Maan, Issawi checked on the progress of work to restore the King Abdullah I Palace, now in its final phase, to turn it into a national museum portraying the history, origins and foundation of the Jordanian state.

The project was launched on an area of 27 dunums to renovate the site, which houses buildings and monuments of the Hijaz Railway Station in the city of Maan, and will house three museums as a witness of the Kingdom’s founding.

The palace, which King Abdullah I made a national defense headquarters when he was in Maan, is an architectural masterpiece, and the new designs maintained its historical and cultural value to become a national landmark, whose corridors contain the late king’s memorabilia, his pictures and documents on the Great Arab Revolt and the key historical events the palace has witnessed. 

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