Aleppo’s strategic position meant it has been used as a meeting point and trade link between Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent and Egypt, especially before the Suez canal. However because of this it was subject to numerous invasions over the years many different architectural styles have been built there. A large cathedral still stands from the Christian era as well as the Turkish Hammams.
When it was later invaded by the Persians they robbed and burned the city but over the years it was rebuilt by the various civilisations that occupied it until in 944 BC it was made the northern capital of Syria. Aleppo is a UNESCO listed site.
The magnificent and huge Citadel which contains the beautifully designed Great Mosque (also known as the Umayyad Mosque) and the old covered bazaar – a complicated maze of narrow cobbled streets where you can find anything from gold to clothes to various foods and spices.
The Citadel contains thirty five towers of all different shapes - four, five, six and eight sided and half moon shaped, and is really unique. The walls of the towers are covered in inscriptions and decorations and make a spectacular sight.