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Stories and Tips Aleppo

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The Largest Souq In The World

Written by Liam Hetherington on 08 Mar, 2010

The medina, or old city, of Aleppo is old. A fierce regional dispute simmers with Damascus about precisely which of Syria’s two main cities is actually "the oldest continually inhabited city on earth", and which is merely runner up (Damascus probably just about has the…Read More

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Ramadan in Aleppo

Written by Liam Hetherington on 08 Mar, 2010

While the month of fasting called Ramadan is treated somewhat casually in some parts of the Muslim world, in Aleppo it is very much observed. This northern city is known as being more conservative in religious matters than Damascus, and you will certainly see more…Read More

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Touring the Ruins Around Aleppo

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

The most spectacular sights around Aleppo are the "dead cities" and St. Simeon, both covered in other entries, but, if you have a couple of days in Aleppo and are not short on time, I recommend extending your excursion to St. Simeon to include a…Read More

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Taking a Bath

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing a hammam (Turkish bathouse) before, then the Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri in Aleppo is a great place to do it. In the mid-1980s, the Syrian government restored this 14th-century Mameluke hammam to full working order and opened…Read More

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Touring the Old City of Aleppo

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

The old city of Aleppo is a confusing labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, covered bazaars, khans, mosques and madrasas, unlike any other in the world. Of all the great old cities of the Islamic world (I have been to from Marrakesh to Cairo to Istanbul),…Read More

A Brief Anecdote Involving a Suspicious Encounter

Written by HobWahid on 22 Sep, 2004

This is just an anecdote from my travels that I thought fit to share. Now, I have traveled all over the Middle East and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me, but I'm relating the story so that if…Read More

Tourist Hotel in Aleppo

Written by Zeid on 07 Jul, 2009

I made a telephone reservation for the above hotel 5 days prior to my arrival. The receptionist made a note of my name & nationality. I arrived at midday on that day only to be told that they had no record of my reservation &…Read More

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