"Aleppo" Syria Things to Do Tip by tini58de

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by tini58de

Syria's second-largest city (pop. 2,173,000) has been a thriving caravan stop for centuries, and the tradition certainly continues today. For centuries, the souk (bazaar) has been Aleppo's main marketplace and the heart of the Old City.

Its vaulted stone ceilings and narrow passageways impart a more ancient, almost biblical, atmosphere compared with the one in Damascus. Of course, it's also dark, gritty and terribly congested, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

The medieval citadel is located just outside the western end of the souk. Perched on a steep mound, it's easily the city's most visible landmark. Purchase a ticket inside the tower near the southern base of the mound (to the right as you come out of the souk) and follow the gateway to the top. There are two mosques and a palace at the summit, though they're mostly ruins. The throne room has been restored, and the amphitheater is entirely modern. The best sight, though, is the wonderful panoramic view of Aleppo, with its dozens of domed mosques and minarets. It's a nice experience after being in the enclosed and crowded bazaars. If you feel like taking a break, there's also a cafe at the summit.

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  • Written Dec 25, 2003
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