|Jorge Sanchez (Spain):|
Aleppo was the first town that I visited (in the year 1988) when coming from Turkey by bus.
At that time I was forced to change US Dollars into local currency at the border, in order not to change in the black market.
The situation of Aleppo was most impacting, perhaps the best of my visit.
Aleppo is a millenary city. The first day I visited the castle, main mosques and its exotic market.
But the second day I felt not at ease. I found that Aleppo had too many inhabitants; it was too busy for me. I picked up my bag from a hostel, went to the railway station and travelled by train to Lattakia.
|Date posted: October 2013|
|Tom Allen (England):|
|There has always been a strong rivalry between Aleppo and Damascus. For me though, Aleppo (based on my visit in 2004) has more charm and is more relaxing. It's less touristy and has some amazing restaurants in its ancient quarter. The day trip from Aleppo to Latakia on the coast was a bit of an anticlimax... better to stay in Aleppo if you have the time.|
|Date posted: December 2008|
|Paul Tanner (UK):|
Aleppo is well worth a day of anyone’s time. With a range of buildings both monumental and everyday from between the 12th and 17th centuries it has been inscribed for its “its cohesive unique urban fabric”. Well, I don’t know about that but it did feel quite “Middle Eastern” and “Arabic” to me. The highlights are the citadel (photo) and the covered souqs. The museum has some superb Hittite statues. Although it has a population of almost 2 million the main sights are within reasonable walking distance of each other. We thought the “famed” Baron Hotel with its “period” (some would say “grotty” –though it may have been renovated since we were there a few years ago!) furnishings and the signature of Lawrence of Arabia in the visitor’s book somewhat overpriced – worth having a look round but there are plenty of other hotels in the area (which is certainly convenient for the historic sights).
|Date posted: June 2005|
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