25 photos: Aleppo before and after the Syrian uprising; Adonis49


In 2011, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city with a population of 2.5 million people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been described by Time …

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Paris, Aleppo connected by intangible cultural heritage; Tala Jarjour; Arab News

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Aleppo’s Old City: A labyrinthine of World Heritage Sites in a sorry state; Reuters

Syria’s lost heritage stands out in Aleppo’s broken minarets amidst the ruins.

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Aleppo’s Old Town: World Cultural Heritage Threatened by Syria’s Civil War; Claudia Mende; Qantara.de

Large-scale destruction is being inflicted on the unique historical and cultural legacy of the Syrian commercial metropolis Aleppo. And the people of the city had actually only just begun to show an interest in that legacy. By Claudia Mende

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Citadel of Aleppo to be reconstructed in 2018, official says; Tass


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Remembering 10 Arab Historical Sites Destroyed by ‘Daesh’; Sarah Trad; Step Feed

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Going by different names depending on the media outlet, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Daesh, IS, ISIS, or ISIL – has made sure to gain many other titles to go along with their heinous acts in the region.

Taking over Syria and Iraq in 2014, the terrorist group went after ethnic and religious minorities, as well as numerous historic sites – which by title belong to the world, as UNESCO categorizes them.

As many thousand-year-old cities and artifacts have been demolished, bulldozed, and looted by ISIS, this list remembers 10 of the oldest and most important sites that went under attack.

1. Roman Theatre in Bosra, Syria

The Roman Theatre in Bosra has been one of Syria’s historical sites since the 2nd century AD.

The façade of the theatre was destroyed by the terrorist group, who used “dynamite, fire, bulldozers and pickaxes,” according to NPR.

2. Tetrapylon in Palmyra, Syria

After ISIS took over Palmyra in 2015, its members rampaged the Tetrapylon monument which dates back to 270 AD.

From 16 standing columns, which are a few meters away from the Roman Theatre, only four remained.

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Renovations return bustle to part of Aleppo’s Old City; AFP

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Under the centuries-old archways in an alley in Syria’s famed Aleppo Old City, a small glimpse of the once-bustling market reemerged on Thursday, despite the ravages of war.

Restoration work has brought a small part of the famed Old City’s market back to life, and the restored arches glowed in purple lighting as traders once again plied wares including the city’s famous olive oil soap.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old City of Aleppo has been devastated by the war that began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

For four years, the Old City was a front line in the battle between rebels and government forces, who recaptured the city in full in December 2016.

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A Look at Some of Syria’s Destroyed Historical Sites; Alreem Kamal; The Wire

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A six-year civil war that has claimed well over 400,000 lives could deprive future Syrians, and the world at large, of this long-standing heritage.

Syria’s story is one that has been weaved through families from one millennium to the next. Subjugated as a Roman province under the command of Pompey the Great in 64 BC, and brought under Ottoman rule by Sultan Selim I 16 centuries later in 1516, the country has experienced its share of the world’s great military conquests. The empires that vied to establish dominance over the region left behind varied architectural and cultural legacies that were subsumed into the nation’s heritage. For Syrians, the experience of savoring the spices at the Souqs in Aleppo, or admiring the gem that is the Roman theatre in Bosra are birthrights.

Syria’s historic sites have long attested to its riveting history.

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ALEPPO: Rising from the Ruins of NATO and Gulf State Terrorist Occupation #BelieveInAleppo; Vanessa Beeley; 21st Century Wire

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Vanessa Beeley says…

December 2016: Walking the streets of East Aleppo hours after their liberation from Nusra Front-led terrorist occupation for almost 5 years, was a sombre and harrowing experience. Watching civilians emerge from a five year imprisonment during which they had been subjected to all manner of brutality, deprivation and abuse, was deeply affecting. But the inextinguishable hope was there even then, children describing the barren, rain-swept wasteland of Jebrin as “heaven”. 

Returning to Aleppo four months later in April 2017 was a revelation. Aleppo had swept its streets clean of much of the terrorist detritus, the Russian sappers had cleared vast swathes of residential areas of the terrorist, lethal mines and booby traps. The street leading to the Umayyad Mosque in the Old City was unrecognisable from the smoke wreathed, menacing battle ground that had greeted us in December 2016.

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Shared Cultural Heritage In Aleppo Urgently Requires Protection And Restoration; Franklin Lamb; Eurasia Review

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As this observer meanders through the ruins of war-torn Aleppo these days, he develops a feeling that somehow he ought to be wearing a hospital gown with gloves so as not to contaminate crushed ancient artifacts as he tries to avoid stepping on them. One feels obliged to avoid contaminating a cultural heritage crime scene.

It requires a few hours for a fascinating walking tour and briefing of the most damaged 2nd millennium BC ancient city of Aleppo that has sustained more than four years of intense bombardment and jihadist destruction, in order to acquire a sense of what’s left and how much of the old city might possibly be significantly restored.

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Aleppo has long been the urban, commercial and cultural center of northwestern Syria.

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