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Places of Interest

Aleppo and the surrounding territories are abundant with cultural and historical experiences.  Excursions can be organised to ensure your trip to Syria is a full as you wish it to be.  We would be delighted arrange private or group tours to significant areas of interest, including:

 

Apamea: Located on the bank of the Orontes River at a strategic crossroads for Eastern commerce. The city flourished during the Seleucid dynasty and military powers around 60B.C.

 

Citadel of Aleppo:  A medieval moat rose above the city of Aleppo and was used in pre-Islamic times as a settlement and place of worship. It is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Aleppo and is noted as one of the largest Citadel’s in the world.

 

The Souk: The labyrinthine souk of Aleppo is almost 16km including 9km covered by stone archways, making this the longest souk in the Middle East. Since the Ottoman years, tiny Suzuki trucks have replaced the tracks of camels through the tiny market alleys, but the din of braying donkeys and shouting traders is timeless in Aleppo. Donkeys and people stream along the crowded streets, and western suited businessmen rub shoulders with Bedouins capped in kaffiyas. Pomegranates, camel humps and local goods sit alongside western tinned goods as a sign of changing times.

Qala’t Sama’n: Ruins of the vast edifice including a church and a monastery was erected in honour of the Christian ascetic Saint, St Symeon who was installed himself atop a pillar for 37 years.

 

Serjilla: The dead cities of northern Syria, where ‘Christos Nika’ or ‘Christ is Victor’ was engraved by a 5th century Christian on the lintel of his house.

 

Palmyra: ‘Neither Greece nor Italy has antiquity ruins comparable to the magnificence of those in Palmyra’ Quote by Volney (1757-1820).

 

The Umayyad Mosque: After the Arab conquest of Damascus, this mosque was built on the Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine the first.  The mosque possesses a shrine which still contains the head of John the Baptist, honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike.