Aleppo حلب — itinerary 03b, around the Great Mosque

Only a short walk around the perimeter of the Great Mosque in Aleppo takes the visitor through many eras of the city’s history including a Byzantine-era synagogue converted to a mosque in the Islamic Middle Ages, two important khans (caravanserais) of the early Ottoman period and a twelfth century Zengid palace. For a full description, […]

Aleppo حلب — itinerary 03a, the Great Mosque and Madrasa Halawiye

plan Aleppo Great Mosque Jan 2016 The Great Mosque within the walled city of Aleppo is unjustly given second billing after the Great Mosque of the Umayyads in Damascus. While it lacks the richness of the associations with early Islam and the Roman predecessor on the Damascus site, the Aleppo Great Mosque has its own […]

Aleppo حلب — itinerary 10, North Walls and Bab al-Hadid

This group of monuments lies on the northeastern edge of the traditional walled city extending as far as the Gate of Iron or Bab al-Hadid. It contains numerous monuments of significance though infrequently visited by tourists. In among the laneways behind the city walls lie buildings of the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman period as well […]

Aleppo حلب — itinerary 01, the imagined city

These views of the great medieval Citadel, constructed during the Zengid, Ayyubid and Mamluk periods, show how the city has grown to enfold what was once its protective strongpoint. The sight of the Citadel rearing above the densely packed urban spread has long stimulated European travellers’ fascination with the city whose heritage encompasses a greater […]

Aleppo حلب — itinerary 02, the Citadel

Those who have fantasized for many years over the castles of the Crusaders need to prepare themselves for a different experience at the Citadel of Aleppo. Fortification techniques were developed on a unique plan in the Islamic world at the time of the Crusades. We see may examples in Syria of these ideas with a […]