UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient city of Aleppo

UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient city of Aleppo

The sweeping, minaret-ed view from Aleppo’s citadel underlines the chaotic glory of the old city. Don’t even bother trying to get your bearings from this aerial view – the medina and souks swallow up all those who visit. For the inquisitive and curious, this is the promised land, with a casual tour rewarded with atmospheric little lanes and colourful stalls filled with the smells of spice and shwarma. This is no souk-safari laid on for tourists, but Aleppo’s true heart, and the self-confident, sensory-overload bustle you are greeted with in the old town is just the region’s economic powerhouse going about its daily business.

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