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Aleppo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a wonderful old place and its magnificent citadel is one of the must-see sights of the Middle East. Aleppo, or Halab, was my home from June to September, 2006. The people here some of the friendliest and most polite I've met anywhere in the world.
With a population of more than 3 million, Aleppo is Syria's second city. Its Arabic name, Halab, comes from the word for milk, as it believed that Abraham milked his cow on the hill where the citadel now stands. It has seen great civilisations come and go as it has been ruled successively by, amongst others, the Amorites, Hittites, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes, Ottomans and the French.
It has survived thousands of years and many invasions and disasters. In 1138, one of the four biggest earthquakes in the history of the world killed more than a quarter of a million people here. In 1260 and again in 1400 the city was sacked by the Mongol hordes. As if that was not enough, in 1348 about a third of the population was wiped out by the Black Death.
Highlights for the visitor include ascending the steps to see the biggest Citadel in the world, visiting the Great Mosque, strolling around the souks and khans and eating in the elegant, restored merchants' houses of the Christian quarter of Jdeide.
Aleppo is also a great base for exploring the Byzantine Dead Cities and churches of the surrounding area.
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