With it's superb located zone,the strength of Archers,warriors,knights and many tricky stuffs like the Aqueduct which was surrounding the entire Citadel,and the right placed Main door in a 90 degree corner to make a penetration very difficult,boiling oil,secret ways under ground.....
Fondest memory: Check out this picture, here you enter like me and you can not use the wood cylinder to attack a door in the right!
Beautiful minds and excellent defense idea!
In the ceiling there are holes to make the Eyobian star which is the symbol of that empire, the magic thing which every tourist must try is the experiment:
Take your sunglasses on your hands and put it vertical to face the light of the star up it, and look to the reflection on your sunglasses, it is real rainbow beautiful star.
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!!
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.
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.
Favorite thing: From the top of the Citadel near the big Mosque you can watch the whole city of Aleppo changing your direction all around the citadel, but I advice you if it is possible to climb the tower of the Mosque, from there you will be happy watching the city like an Eagle :-)
Favorite thing: A Lovely Fountain is placed in the middle of the Royal throne hall, today in every Arabian house in Aleppo and Damascus there is a fountain in the middle, People likes to have a rest and relax near it and watching the lovely water from it near the green views and smoking water pipe Argileh
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...
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.
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 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.
How could you enter such a place with no sign of ruins or so, the Aleppo citadel is no exception, mostly you can find in the city zone in the west side of the Citadel,
also till today the Archeologists are digging deeper to find treasures of 6000 years ago!
One of the crazy things in the citadel of Aleppo is the Unfinished Mill!
One of the crazy Sultans *ottomans*
Wished to build a mill in the citadel, why, and what for, no body knows, but seems the people dislike the idea and disturbed him to complete it LOL
It is the place where one of the Mouazens is calling to the prayers, the famous image of the East, it is rather to be a strong melody good voice so the people will have pleasure listening to it 5 times per day, that's why in 90% of cases Mouazen have a good voice
by the way ask the guide to demonstrate it, you’ll be fascinated of how the vice effect will be great as if he has a Microphone
The Ceiling of the Mosque:
Gorgeous as always in any Mosque,
the great thing in this Mosque is the experience when you stand in the right side and then try to whisper so low to the one who stands in the left side, and like magic you will hear each other despite the distance