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    Bimaristan Argun

    by MM212 Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Considered one of the most important historic monuments in Syria, Bimaristan Argun's significance is not only architectural, but also medical. It was the world's first psychiatric institution, at a time when the mentally challenged in Europe might have been neglected or worse imprisoned, here in Aleppo they were provided with precise medical treatments. The Mamluke-era palatial institution was built in 1354 AD by the governor of Aleppo, Argun al-Kamili. The arched stalactite portal leads into a spacious courtyard with a central pool and arched porticos. Beyond the courtyard are small cells designed to provide patients with specific treatments using light, water, sound, plants and music. Bimaristan Argun is now a museum detailing the methods practised here to cure mental patients.


    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Based on a Youtube video posted in October 2012, Bimaristan Argun suffered some damage from the shelling by the Syrian government forces. Parts of the edge of the roof in the courytard were hit and fell into the courtyard. Fortunately, the rest of the structure seemed to remain intact.

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    Bahramiya Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Dec 12, 2012

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    Built by the Ottoman governor, Behram Pasha, in 1583, al-Bahramiya Mosque is yet another example of Ottoman architecture in Aleppo. It has multiple domes and the typical pencil-shaped minaret, which fell in an earthquake and was rebuilt in 1698. The exterior of the mosque, though, is much simpler than other Ottoman mosques in Aleppo. Al-Bahramiya is located in the heart of the souk, next to Madrassa al-Muqaddamiyya, on the main east-west axis of the souk.


    UPDATE: In October, 2012, the courtyard entrance suffered some damage in the fight between the government and the Free Syrian Army. Fortunately, based on the Youtube footage I've seen, the main mosque structure seemed intact. Let's hope no further damage occurs.

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    al-Fustuq Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Dec 12, 2012

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    Also known as al-Sahibiya Mosque, al-Fustuq Mosque is of earlier Mamluke-period construction. It was built in 1349, originally as a madrassa (religious school), but was later turned into a mosque. It has a beautiful stalactite (muqarnas) portal and is located between Khan al-Wazir and Khan al-Sabun.


    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Based on footage I've seen posted to Youtube on 25 Nov 2012, the buildings opposite al-Fustuq Mosque were severely damaged in shelling by the Syrian government and a section of this mosque may have also been damaged.

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    Khwajah (or Kamaliya) Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Nov 3, 2012

    Also referred to as Madrassa Badriya and Kamaliya Mosque, al-Khwajah Mosque dates from early 13th century. It is located off the main east-west axis of the souk, close to Bab Antakya and around the corner from Khan al-Tutun as-Saghir. The narrow façade of the mosque is decorated with a beautiful high muqarnas archway topped by a rather oversized, but elegant polygonal minaret. The crown of the minaret is supported by intricate muqarnas work and a lone hexagram decorates it halfway up. Unlike other ancient structures in Aleppo, this mosque has no sign posted outside, which made it rather difficult to identify, and none of my guide books even showed it. After some internet research, I finally found a description here, though the author had as much difficulty as I did in identifying it.


    IMPORTANT UPDATE: In October, 2012, the entire top half of the minaret was tragically destroyed by the indiscriminate shelling by the government of Syria.

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    Aleppo

    by crazyman2 Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    It poured cats and dogs whilst we were there in March 2006 but it was still fun! Somehow the place reminded me of Barcelona (where I lived on and off for a while) but without the Western art.
    The Tourath House Hotel (see tip) was a good base.
    Whilst in the city we visited the Citadel: it stands, high above other buildings, on a mound surrounded by a dry moat. The passages within the castle twist and turn. The lumps of stone used to build the place are huge! Go in to the furnished rooms where visiting dignitaries are still entertained. The room with the throne is especially humbling; whilst inside try to time your route so that you're near a tour party ---the tour leader sometimes slips the officials a few notes to have lights switched on.
    Also, from the throne room there are toilets ---better than those near the exit/entrance.

    Eating? Try the local cafe just across from the entrance to the Citadel ---mix with the locals!

    The souk is great!

    Aleppo is a 'must' if you're visiting Syria. I shall certainly return for longer ----one day!

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    Maysaloun park

    by Robin020 Written Feb 12, 2012

    Maysaloun Park

    The Maysaloun Park is located just across the road from the Ancient Cemetery. It is a beautiful parks in the city as others as well.The park is full of pine trees and with fresh breeze. Look out for the mosque in the northeast corner of the park, which is open to visitors.

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    Shahba shopping mall

    by Robin020 Written Feb 11, 2012

    General Information about SHAHBA MALL:

    Shahba Mall & Hotel is a civilized edifice in Syria- Aleppo. Its total area is about 130,000 square meters containing a 4 stars hotel of 220 rooms. The total leasable area of the mall is 40,000 square meters. It is located on Aleppo- Turkey highway. It is 6 km away from Aleppo downtown and 1.5 km away of districts Shahba & Al Zahraa .

    Shahba Mall is the first shopping center of its kind in Syria because it combines the best place ever found in Aleppo to the best brands ever found in the region. Kurdi Group, witch is very experienced in malls management, has been managing Shahbamall since it opened in 2008.

    First Basement:

    The feature of this floor is that it contains the well know hypermarket /Carrefour/. Also, you will find banks, cafes, optic stores and electronics stores.

    Ground Floor:

    This floor is dedicated to the young and trendy with a medium price point; some brands present are: Vero Moda, Jack n Jones, Springfield, Benetton, Geox ,Echo, Lc Waikiki, Clarx ….etc.

    First Floor:

    This floor is dedicated to age group 25 up wards with medium - high price point. Some brands present are: Mango, Stefanel, Promod, Pares Gallery, Zara, Oxygen, Boss…etc.

    Second Floor:

    This floor is specialized in kids wear and home accessories. Some brands present in this floor: Martello, Orchestra, Mother Care, Chico, Number one, Lafander….etc.

    Third Floor:

    This floor is specialized in restaurants, fast food.

    It contains 7 cinemas as well as1500 meters of kid’s games and entertainment

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    Shrine Mash-had al Siqt

    by Robin020 Updated Feb 11, 2012

    also known as the Place of miscarriage). As the prisoners of Karbalā were passing through Aleppo, one of wives of Husayn had a miscarriage.The still-born child was named Muhsin, and buried at this place.

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    Al nuqtah Mosque

    by Robin020 Updated Feb 11, 2012

    Masjid al Nuqtah: mosque of the drop,f the blood of Husein.Located in Mountain Jawshan in Aleppo.
    The Key feature is a stone believed to be stained with the blood of Husein.Important for Shiee Muslims

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    Janbilat beit

    by Robin020 Written Feb 11, 2012

    Set up by Prince Kurdish tiles at the end of the sixteenth century and then was bought by Bey. Iwan and the largest in Aleppo with a larger pool.
    You will be fascinated by the amazing archi. inside and the wad it has been designed.

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    AL Aziziya quarter

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    A new modern district when affluent people christian live,Is new Aleppo area. The district quickly Is also the place for nightlife and full of restuarants.
    Most young people go there for drinks and food.

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    Al othmaniya Madrasa

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    Al-Uthmaniyah Madrasa (Arabic: المدرسة العثمانية‎) is a madrasah complex located in the northern Bab al-Nasr district of the old city of Aleppo,it has a garden and insider mosquer that has one of the tallest miratets in Aleppo city.it was built in the ere of Uthman basha.

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    Public park

    by Robin020 Updated Feb 2, 2012

    The Public Park of Aleppo which was opened in the 1940s is the largest in Syria.
    Is good place to sit down and chill.The enstrance of the park has beautiful amazing foutnain that has colours at night.

    People mostly go barbaque on weekends and you can grap a drink and have it there,Its the largest on in Syria is green park and has nice and trees around a place to run from the hustle and bustle of the traffic.

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    Al firdos madrasa

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    Al-Firdaws was built in 1235-36, during the Ayyubid era of rule in Syria. Its patron was Dayfa Khatun, the wife of the Ayyubid governor of Aleppo, al-Zahir Ghazi. She was the queen of the region between 1236-1243 and one of the most prominent architectural patrons in Syrian history; The Madrasa has large classroom.

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    Satura, Hellenistic Well, and underground passages

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    Satura, Hellenistic Well, and underground passages

    There are Several wells penetrate down to more than 100 meter below the surface of the crown. Underground passageways connect to the advance towers and possibly under the moat to the city.

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