Aleppo Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Robin020
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Robin020
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Robin020

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  • 1. day trips

    The Church of St. Simeon (or Qala Siman as it is known to the Syrians) is about 1 hour out of Aleppo. It is the site of where St. Simeon chose to lead the religious life alone as a hermit monk. But...

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  • 2. covered souq

    Some 200 meters from Bab Antakia, on the right, there is a mosque of some importance: Jame al Bahra-myah, in the Turkish style with a great dome which is being restored; note the many beautiful small...

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  • 3. Explore the Kurdish region of Syria go to Afrin

    While you are in Aleppo I would recommend to make use of your stay there and visit the Kurdish region of Syria,in order to learn more and know more about other...

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  • 4. Mud houses Beehive houses

    May not occur to one that there is still mud houses in the countryside north of Syria refused the owners of these houses left, but they are not increasing in...

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  • 5. Qalaat Samaan: Dead Cities, Part IV

    The size of the ruins of San Simeon cruciform basilica merits additional images to conceptualize it's importance within the realm of early Christian...

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  • 6. Afrin River Valley Agriculture

    The Afrin River flows though the Dead Cities region, providing irrigation for olive orchards and seasonal crops. The soil is a red color, and given that the...

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  • 7. Ain Dara: Dead Cities, Part IX

    Although Syrian ruins date very early in many places in the country, the Aramean and Hittite ruins as Ain Dara are older than any I had seen outside of Egypt....

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  • 8. Sharia al-Tilal: a slice of daily Aleppine life

    Just outside the Christian quarters of Al Jdeida, Sharia al-Tilal and its surrounding areas present yet another take on daily Aleppine life. True to Aleppo's...

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  • 9. Modern Aleppo

    As one of the world's oldest inhabited cities, Aleppo's historical tourism assets are just amazing (and many are said to remain undiscovered). If you're...

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  • 10. Communist-style war mural

    From the days when Syria was a close ally of the Soviet Union, i.e. after Hafez al-Assad seized power in 1970 and implemented radical socialist policies. Even...

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  • 11. Deir Samaan

    Deir Samaan is a Dead City near Qalaat Samaan. Originally it was Greek farming settlement. Then in the 5th century it became a centre for pilgrims, visiting the...

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  • 12. Seit Aroum

    Seit Aroum is one of several small Dead Cities west of Aleppo. Its main feature is a Byzantine church, which although roofless, looks quite impressive in this...

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  • 13. Al-Rafadah

    Al-Rafadah is possibly my favourite of the Dead Cities, although Al Bara, with its pyramid tombs, runs it close. Al Rafadah has its Hermit Tower: a fortified...

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  • 14. Al Heiat Mosque

    Al Heiat Mosque, or the Snakes Mosque, gets its name from the fact that the stone carvings above the entrance look like snakes. The mosque, which is one of the...

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  • 15. Mushabbaq Church

    This is one of the nearest Byzantine churches to Aleppo. It was built in the late 5th century, probably as a stopping point on the pilgrimage route to St....

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  • 16. Qalb Lozeh

    At Qalb Lozeh there is a Byzantine church which is even older than the basilica at Saint Simeon. It was built as a church fror pilgrims to pray at on there way...

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  • 17. Qatura

    By the roadside at Qatura there are some cave tombs dating back to Roman times. Inside there are Latin and Greek inscriptions and rock carvings in the Palmyrene...

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  • 18. Saint Simeon

    Saint Simeon, or Qalaat Samaan, was once one of the greatest cathedrals and pilgrimage sites in the world. Today you can see the ruins of this magnificent...

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  • 19. Ain Dara

    Ain Dara is one of Syria's hidden gems. It is a Hittite temple, made of black basalt, standing on top of a hill. It is north of Aleppo, on the road to the...

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  • 20. Mushbak: Dead Cities, Part I

    I was invited to pitch in with a couple of women who were bargaining for a van day trip through the Dead Cities area. While it's possible to catch local...

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  • 21. All the way in the back...

    Across the street from the entrance to the citadel there is a group of restaurants and shops that are more for the tourists. Later at night I found this guy...

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  • 22. Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church

    Aleppo holds a heavy Muslim influence and a minor Christian influence as well. One of the more interesting churches I saw was this one. The stone work and the...

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  • 23. Ain Dara: Dead Cities, Part X

    At the time we were there, attempts to shelter the fragile ruins was underway. Sheet metal shelters for some stonework was in place, and along the edge of the...

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  • 24. Dier Semaan: Dead Cities, Part VIII

    The region between Aleppo and Antioch, in Turkey, was certainly rich in early Christian religious activity, and so monastic orders of the type Dier Semaan...

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  • 25. Qalaat Samaan: Dead Cities, Part III

    This ruined city is the most fascinating and extensive ruins in the Dead Cities tour. The history of the site is simply fascinating. See the link below for more...

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