You can see in this picture the place where the city mentioned and used to be thousands years ago!
Nowadays little has been kept from it, after the wars and earthquakes, but every time Archeologists are finding something new in this zone!
Entering the old market and trade centre:
Once you pass the Lions gate
You’ll find yourself in the road of the city which was once existing in the citadel, the road is leading you up to the rest sections, but if you look left the baths and public slaves and citizens houses are suppose to be, nowadays you’ll find only the ruins and clues of its existence one day.
The second one is crying, which symbolize the losing
If you want my advice how to know which one is laughing and which one is crying just look to their eyes and the difference between the grimaces of their 2 faces.
Such a thing will give any penetrate soldier a fear feeling before entering this door, as they could lose and cry like the other left Lion or they can win and smiles, but this dilemma will always leave a paradox mixed feelings of fear and doubt.
The Lions gate:
Once you get in the first second shield in the citadel is the Lions door, by looking superficial you’ll hardly make a difference between the 2 lions, but by looking more profoundly you will notice that one of the Lions in your right hand is Laughing, which symbolize the victory.
The citadel is a really high point to have a circle view covering all the directions of the city of Aleppo!
Also it is the centre of Aleppo old city, which make it in the centre of the old and new modern parts too, you will enjoy looking to a panorama from the citadel
The bridge is the great part which has been added in the Eyobian period to complete the defense structure and update he citadel with more shields and fortify qualities
it has been made to give the Citadel more bonus and even to make it very beautiful medieval one.
Favorite thing: Then in about 20 B.C Roman Civilization occupied the Fortress and built the almost Fundament Carcass of the today Citadel.then the Byzantine Captured the city and took the Citadel as a great strategic Zone...after that in the 12 Century Arabian Aioubian Civilization by the rule of the King Salah-Din took the citadel and improved it to it's today view...they extended the zones ,rebuilt many other sections ,built Mosques, Defense Towers..and many other important constructions...
In about 4000 B.C the whole city in that area was founded by Aramians...The Ancient Grand parent of the Syrians...
Then in about 2000 B.C Archeologists found the city ruins of Houthians...Later Ancient Grand Parent of the Syrians...
But until the date 380 B.C the hill was not use as a Fortress...until Philip the father of Alexander the great came to Aleppo and occupied the city ,and built the Fundament of the fortress on the hill...
The Great ancient Citadel of Aleppo
a wonderful place to visit ,which every Aleppian Citizen is very proud of.
Aleppo Citadel is placed over a hill in the center of the city.In the begging the whole city was inside the citadel ,like the Red Square in Moscow...
But Aleppo is thousands Years much ancient!!
Visiting the old fortified Citadel of Aleppo in the midday mid-summer heat is a unique experience, if you can bear it. No other visitors around and you can enjoy the whole fortress for hours on your own, discovering every hidden corner. Because of its position on top of a hill, there is always some breeze, but the sunshine can be really fierce.
More tips and pics about the Citadel in the "must -see activities" section.
If the Mouazen climbs and call for the prayers from there the whole city will listen!
Actually couple of years later the tower is just a symbol of a Mosque, the Microphone makes it obsolete
Salsabil is the word expalining the water resource for hygiene and drinking!
it was designed like this to make the public service much easier of getting water inside the citadel
Favorite thing: Now he close the gate after him and go down in calm steps to get out of the citadel, he has mixed feelings, happy one for his safety, and sad for his losing!
Favorite thing: The main door to the Royal throne hall, another heavy beautiful decorated one, try to push it, it is alike heavy of the first one in the entrance of the Citadel
Favorite thing: Those ground windows are a watching point for the guards of the king; they can watch what is happening down in the main entrance and the report the king.