Aleppo

Aleppo
..

The Ancient City of Aleppo has been ruled, among the other, by Romans, Byzantines, Seljuqs, Mamluks and Ottomans. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in history.

It knew human settlement since the eleventh millennium B.C. through the residential houses which were discovered in Al-Qaramel Hill. It occupies a strategic trading point midway between the sea and the Euphrates. The main role of the city was as a trading place.

The historic buildings that remain include the Citadel and several medrassahs dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, and numerous mansions, palaces, churches and mosques that were added until the 19th century.

Map of Aleppo

Load map

Community Reviews

Write a review


Tom Allen

England - 14-Dec-08 -

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.


Solivagant

UK - 10-Jun-05 -

Aleppo by Solivagant

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).


Your Rating

Site Info

Full Name
Ancient City of Aleppo
Unesco ID
21
Country
Syria
Inscribed
1986 - In Danger
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3 4
Categories
Urban landscape - Arabic and Middle Eastern
Link
By ID

Site History

2013 In Danger

Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War

1986 Inscribed

1983 Deferred

Deferred as conditions under which recommendation made not yet fulfilled

1982 Deferred

Syria asked to provide more info and a better Urbanization policy

1980 Deferred

1979 Deferred

Bureau - lack of documentation or Info

1978 Deferred

Locations

The site has 1 locations

Aleppo

Connections

The site has

Architecture
Constructions
Damaged
History
Individual People
Religion and Belief
Science and Technology
Timeline
Trivia
WHS on Other Lists
World Heritage Process