"Syria's second city - unique and wonderful." Top 5 Page for this destination Aleppo by TheWanderingCamel

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Sited as it is at the hub of the vast Aleppine plain, Aleppo is a fascinating, vibrant city that also serves as an excellent base from which to explore the northern areas of Syria. With its labrynthine souqs, hushed alleys of the Jdeide (Christian) Quarter, minarets and church towers, streets lined with overhanging Ottoman balconies, cemeteries and parks, whizzing traffic and busy squares, all dominated by the great Citadel sitting high on its glacis, this is a city that will linger in the mind long after the leaving.

Whichever way you head out of Aleppo, the road will lead you somewhere new and interesting. North will take you towards the Turkish border, over Roman bridges and on to lonely Cyrrhus. Head east and you will reach the mighty Euphrates. Right out on the western border there is the great 5th Century basilica at Qalb Lozeh and going south you will find the deserted villas and towns, monasteries and tombs of long-departed Byzantines known as the Dead Cities.
Whichever way you go, there will be miles and miles of olive groves, pomegranate orchards and the sweeping vistas of this rich region.

Days spent exploring out in the countryside are followed by evenings spent in the city, watching the crowds busy with their evening errands, meeting people, drinks in the bar at the famous Baron Hotel or perhaps in the little cellar bar at the Beit Wakil, lingering over delicious meals (Aleppine cuisine is considered the best in Syria) - feeling the pulse of this magic city.
Time spent here is never enough - you will want to return, and return again.


  • Last visit to Aleppo: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Thinking of all what happens now in this city (and the country), and reading your beautiful page made me more than sad, Leyle; when will people there welcome travelers like us again there?

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Excellent page full of interesting and helpful info. This is a country that I really want to visit.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Another excellent page written about so beautifully! Culturally rich and interesting place! Nice photos!

  • coconutwireless's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Probably could use a wash by now just noticed the date on our posting :-)

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    an extraordinary city, with such a rich and long History

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    A beautifully written refresher on Aleppo, my favourite city in Syria. Going back again next week and not yet believing it. Cheers from NYC!

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Reading your well-written pages is such a delight. Makes me more excited about a forthcoming visit to the city, albeit a very short one. Cheers from the desert!

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Aleppo kept the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, approximately one-third of it, including nearly all of the Torah, has been missing since 1947: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo...

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Loved reading about the souks. I'm curious as to why you say no photos in the medieaval market? Do the shopkeepers take exception to that?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    great tips!

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