Aleppo

  • Aleppo, that claims the title of oldest city in the world, still bears traces of the Turkish occupation. Its covered souks, spotted with superb caravanserais (buildings erected around a compound to store goods and house travellers), and its wooden Ottoman homes, are reminiscent of the Istanbul of the last century. You will need at least a whole day to wander along the tiny alleys of the souks, admiring ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Syria

Aleppo, that claims the title of oldest city in the world, still bears traces of the Turkish occupation. Its covered souks, spotted with superb caravanserais (buildings erected around a compound to store goods and house travellers), and its wooden Ottoman homes, are reminiscent of the Istanbul of the last century. You will need at least a whole day to wander along the tiny alleys of the souks, admiring the decor and taking in the local colours and fragrances. In addition to the archaeological museum, take a look at the impressive citadel, a masterpiece of military architecture. The superbly decorated hall of the Throne, the El Nasri hammam and the Armenian neighbourhood, peaceful and old-fashioned, are worth a stopover.

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