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For a long time, Aleppo was the economic nexus between east and west, a role it lost in the early 19C on account of earthquakes and the decline of the Ottoman Empire... From this glorious past, the city – today a bustling commercial and intellectual hub – retains lively souks, rich palaces and its spirit of tolerance, as demonstrated when it took in Armenian refugees in the early 20C. Aleppo is also justly proud to have an old Muslim citadel and an inspiring national museum.

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  • A visit here is in effect a pleasant stroll through Syrian history, from the Palaeolithic to the Islamic period. Allow time for numerous pauses before poignant vestiges of ancient civilisations from Mari, Ugarit, Ebla and Tell Halaf. This last site i..

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  • Aleppo's souks are renowned as some of the most bustling in the Near East. Their 12km of passages are lined by thousands of shops, grouped together according to their trades and offering a huge variety of hand-crafted and mass-produced goods. Among t..

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    Like a volcanic island emerging from the centre of the city, Aleppo's citadel and its ramparts stand atop the ancient tell. The slopes of the hill have a glacis and ditch (today dry), reinforcing the site's natural defences. Access to the fortress is..

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