Aleppo Journals

Aleppo

An October 2001 trip to Aleppo by perrytoo

Quote: I spent a week in Aleppo. I only intended to stay a couple of days. It's a great place to experience an old and flourishing Islamic city, with hardly a hint of tourist hassle.

Aleppo

Overview

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1. The citadel. Dominates the city from the air, but cannot be seen at all from most of the old city, until you emerge from the souq and find it towering above you. You climb the steps up which Saladin rode in triumph and enter the inner courtyard through the massive gateway. This is now an active building site, with workmen carting bricks and rubbish all over the place, and the old palaces and houses are being re-built. No one will stop you wandering anywhere, and the views from the walls are fantastic. 2. The souq(s). The largest and most extensive I've ever visited. Particularly strong on textiles of all kinds, including wonderful thick multi-coloured woven silks, but you can buy almost ...Read More

Al Faisal

Hotel

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$16 a night for single occupancy of a rather cramped double. Modern bathroom. Generous traditional breakfast - cheese, salad, olives, yogurt, apricot jam, and lots of fresh flat bread. You have to work hard to get any cutlery though. Centrally situated just round the corner from the Baron Hotel, in the heart of the car-parts souq. Lots of panel-bashing and engine-revving, but they give up long before mid-night, and don''t wake up until after 9.00am. Friendly staff, few foreign guests (the only others I saw were a Syrian TV crew), felt good. Great value.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2001

Al Faisal
Al Yarmouk St
Aleppo, Syria
00963 21 2217768

Arts and Antiques Shopping

Attraction | "general"

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The main jewellery shops are in the gold souq, in the north-east corner, close to the citadel, and in the Christian quarter of Jdeide, particularly around the main square. Almost all the dealers are Armenian, and have a wider range of stock than the dealers in Damascus. The Armenian silversmiths of Aleppo specialise in filigree, and anything old in filigree is automatically described as typically Aleppan. (Russian silver and niello is usually described as Armenian). Prices are similar to Damascus, but there is more local Christian jewellery available, and prices for this are reasonable. The shops in Jdeide sell tiny paper-thin silver ex-votos of people and body parts for around $1 each, and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2001

Arts and Antiques Shopping
Souqs and Jdeide
Aleppo, Syria