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Aleppo in better times / The Citadel in Aleppo, Syria (Unesco WHS) | by Frans.Sellies
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Aleppo in better times / The Citadel in Aleppo, Syria (Unesco WHS)

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The Citadel of Aleppo (Arabic: قلعة حلب‎) is a large medieval fortified palace in the centre of the old city of Aleppo, northern Syria. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. Usage of the Citadel hill dates back at least to the middle of the 3rd millennium BC. Subsequently occupied by many civilizations including the Greeks, Byzantines, Ayyubids and Mamluks, the majority of the construction as it stands today is thought to originate from the Ayyubid period. An extensive conservation work has taken place in the 2000s by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with Aleppo Archeological Society. Dominating the city, the Citadel is part of the Ancient City of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

In August 2012, during the Battle of Aleppo of the Syrian Civil War, the external gate of the citadel was damaged after being shelled during a clash between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Army to gain control over the citadel.

 

The taxi seen here is a Chevrolet Bel air from 1953.

 

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- Fadaat Media (United Kingdom (Great Britain))

- Channel Four Television (United Kingdom (Great Britain))10-Oct-2016

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