A trading centre, a culinary experience, and an open-air museum, Aleppo reveals a unique travel experience. Aleppo (Halep or Halab in the local language), is a lovely dish that has that is spiced by its multiple cultural backgrounds, from faiths to factions. There have been excavations in Aleppo that indicate it had civilizations that dwelled there 8 millenniums ago; rivaling Damascus in being the oldest inhabited city in the world. It is nicknamed as Halab Al Shahba (Shahba is white) because its buildings are built from white stone. A beautiful city with delicious cuisine and lovely Aleppo hotels, people that travel to Aleppo love this city!
This city was once the capital of the Amorites and later became a Hittite state. Later on, it passed on through the following civilizations: Assyrians, Persians, Greeks (Alexander the Great), Roman/Byzantine, and Islamic (Omayyad, Abbasid, Mamluke, and Ottoman) empires. Situated in an ideal location between the Old World empires, Aleppo thrived as trading centre during ancient times. In the middle of the Silk Road, it received various goods from China, India, Persia, Northern Africa, and the Occident.
Ten hectares of souqs (marketplaces) are situated around and near the mighty, but romantic, Aleppo Citadel. Historically, this city has had its highs, but it also had its lows. Aleppo was substantially raised in the 10th and 19th centuries; in the 15th century, it was engulfed by Tamerlane's conquest to the Middle East. Aleppo, like its citadel, is resilient and had been rebuilt by its inhabitants to always stay as the thriving city in the Levant.
The smell of its famous laurel soap, exotic spices, and its mouthwatering dishes give this city its identity; it has earned the International Academy of Gastronomy award in France in 2007. With plates such as Kabaab, Kibieh, Hummus, and Ful Halbi and ghee butter based sweets such as Mbrumeh, Sewar Al Sit, Zilehbeih, Mamuneh, and much more, make Halep a place to taste.
Because of its extensive role in Middle Eastern history, it, naturally, has many remarkable sites to be seen, such as khans and souqs (merchant quarters), old baths, Aleppo Citadel (picture above supplied by the courtesy of Syrian Ministry of Tourism), Aleppine Omayyad Mosque, Tell Qaramel and Tellet Al Sauda excavations sites, and Jdayde Area (Old Aleppo Area). Taking Aleppo tours is a great way to see everything.
Jdayde area has many meticulously preserved heritage and residential buildings. There are extensively decorated Aleppine houses that have been well preserved over the passing centuries that have been converted to glamorous Aleppo restaurants and Aleppo boutique hotels. If one would like to experience the Aleppine ancient theme, he could book these hotels at thrifty rates just like many Aleppo hotels and various Syria hotels and resorts in other governorates.
Rail transport in this city is very interesting; as in history when Aleppo was in the middle of the world, presently it is also in the middle of everywhere. One can go travel to Turkey (via Konya) and Iran (via Lake Van) in Aleppo; if one would like to see other Syrian Cities, he can take a scenic train trip to Lattakia. If one would like to visit Damascus, Homs, and Hama (the major cities in Syria other than Aleppo), he can book a trip that passes through these cities in one trip. The rail way has been upgraded in 2005; it now has DMU that are produced by a South Korean make. The Aleppo International Airport is Ideally 20 minutes away from the city centre of Aleppo.
Halep was renamed as Aleppo by westerners that have settled in it hundreds of years ago; if one visits it, he will adore it and rename it his as his second home.
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