The north facade of the Great Mosque forms one side of the square crowded with hawkers and peddlers. On the square, to the right on leaving the mosque, a two-colored gateway with a honeycomb vault and heavily studded doors beneath, leads into the ancient al Charafyah Madrassa which used to be a library.
Unfortunately its lovely decorated windows are half-hidden by ugly accretions, which it would be fairly easy to remove. The same unfortunately applies to the neighboring khan, the al Wazir, with its monumental 17th century gateway, which was cut into when the street was built.
A narrow street between the al Charafyah Madrassa and the east wall of the mosque leads into more covered street where jewelers and goldsmiths abound. The goods they offer are little different from those sold everywhere from Cairo to Teheran and beyond.
Aleppo was a key town on the trade routes for thousands of years and still uses, for local and regional trade, a considerable proportion of the facilities that were developed in the time of the caravans: khans, courtyards as warehouses with workshops around them: kilometers of narrow covered street where traders and craftsmen congregate according to their various calling and specialties.
This busy center of the old city naturally had many public buildings: a mosque schools (madrassas), baths (hammams), hospitals and asylums (bimarstans), as well as the occasional foreign consulate - the Venetian one dates back to the beginning of the 13th century.(www.alsabbagh.com), This is the site of the oldest factory for embroidery industry in Aleppo and Syria.
Syria it is a modern islamic country.
Non moslims are allowed to visit mosques at any time, but women must cover their head and shoulders (and legs, of course).
In the major mosques (like the Umayyad mosque) it is possible to rent (for free) a black thin cloth to comply to this "rule".
Also men not properly dressed are invited to wear the cloth.
Al Rahhmane Mosque:
It’s a Modern styled Mosque, which is famous in Aleppo.
It was built in the 80’s.
Rahhmane Mosque is very close to Franciscan Monastery.
It’s really typical in Syria, as Moslems and Christians Lives in an Unequal Example of Peace and Harmony and understanding.
This is what every Syrian Citizen Knows well and is proud of…..
All the Mosques and Churches in Syria are called: The Houses of God!!!
So let this lovely Sublimate Level, to be a great lesson for the whole world.
Al Tawhhid Mosque:
It’s a coincidence; one of the most Beautiful Mosques of Aleppo is located as I said next to Saint George’s Beautiful Church.
A big and famous Architecture-Engineer “Hikmat Yazjie” is the one who constructed the Tawhhid Mosque.
Where you can here the Bells of the Church you’ll here the “Adane” of the Mosque.
This is how things are going in Aleppo.
Al Ghazalie Mosque:
It’s a new Beautiful Mosque, which is built close to the street where our house is.
By the way it’s the best and wealthiest street in Aleppo. “trying my best not to be too proud”
Analog to Beverly hills in L.A.
The Great Mosque was founded in the early Islamic period but there is little to see that dates from that time. Its somewhat heavy style shows it to be mainly Mamluk, but its beautiful minaret, which rises straight from the street, dates from 1090 and is with its fine proportions and Kufic inscriptions a good example of the great period of Islamic architecture in Syria.
Muslims are very welcoming to foreigners wishing to see their mosques - but some tourists are cring-making when they gawk and take photos right under the noses of people praying - it is so rude!
If you want to look, first go at a time other than prayer time, use the scarves and cloaks provided to cover up and behave with respect e.g. quietly. Definately worth a visit to get a feel of this misunderstood religion
As you enter a mosque you have to cover your body and head as a female. Many mosques have got long coats with hoods that you can put over your normal cloths.
Take a good look at the picture and you’ll confirm my words, as you’ll see from this corner another Church very close to Al Tawhhid Mosque.
This specific voice of the man 5 times a day to call Muslim people to pray time is really giving a special magic touch for a tourist!
as he calls in a singing voice!