the citadel is Aleppo's frist and best sight... a wonderful walled fortified castle (little town?) on a mound in the heart of the old town... The best thing to enjoy it is by walking around it - and beware it takes a while - from the outside: you can discover wonderful details: bastions, barbicans... and especially its most scenic part: the stepped bridge with its three gates! The citadel is really a great example of Islamic military art... It's one sight you won't easily forget. However, inside it's more or less like an empty shell - and not quite worth the visit. One tip: go there at night too and see it lit: it's quite impressive!
The Qala Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of the Citadel, was built in 1214, during the Ayyubid period. It is at the top of a flight of steps, at the northern end of the Citadel.
The view from the citadel is spectacular! As you can see from the pic on the front page - we sat for ages spotting the mosques and watching the city live and breath.
Do visit the citadel - but bring a student card as that brings the price down from 300Sp to 15SP!
Then have a queit drink in the shade before going to the nearby hammam....