the souk / souq or bazaar in aleppo, syria, easter 2004

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    if you have a weakness for vaulted spaces, the seven kilometers (4.3 miles) of the aleppo souq will make you very, very happy as it did us.

    though built more than a thousand years later than its roman precursor, the basic section of apollodorus' market is still visible here.

    the place is alive with everyday trade and everyday goods and not yet a tourist trap like the bazaar we visited in marrakech.

    ...says ross burns in "monuments of syria", "it is still an animated arab bazaar city where the traditions of the arab middle ages do not seem all that remote. it still (perhaps more than any other city of the levant) works according to the conventions of commercial life unbroken since mameluke times".

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    1. seier+seier 73 months ago | reply

      you are more than welcome. good luck with your thesis.

    2. wowo72 73 months ago | reply

      tin-mal was worth two day detour and even a freezing night spent in concrete shed in a small village nearby

    3. seier+seier 73 months ago | reply

      I can't believe I wrote that it was a daytrip if it took two days and a night in a shed!

    4. wowo72 73 months ago | reply

      oh, no worries, you can do it in one day. there were two reasons it took me two days. The first was the sensual overload I experienced after being 2 days in Marrakech. So I was happy to leave my friends there and do a solo trip into much calmer Atlas Mountains. The second was that I met a berber 'friend' on a taxi who offered me to stay at his house and adventurous part of me decided to believe that he meant what I thought he meant ;) it turned out that his definition of a house was much broader then mine, and included concrete shed with no doors. [will have to scan some slides of it]
      It was a learning experience par excellence but that's what I believe traveling is about. The only downside was that I got sick for a few days to follow due to a horrible rainstorm that night.

    5. arch_sana 71 months ago | reply

      yeah , when i walk here ,,, i feel so happy
      spontaneous & inveterate place
      7alab t7feeh ,, 2bos ro7a

    6. seier+seier 71 months ago | reply

      thanks for your comment, sana. it is a great place and aleppo is a great city!

    7. Heather(working alot) 69 months ago | reply

      Wow I wish I could see Syria! I love this!

    8. peteshep 52 months ago | reply

      S+S+S: Such superb light!!
      Our thin architecture of today risks losing space revealed by light.
      And a reminder of a Marrakech medina souk:
      005 Marrakech Medina ©

    9. seier+seier 52 months ago | reply

      a fine reminder, pete.

    10. themoonmachine 49 months ago | reply


      I just wanted to let you know that your photo was featured in a travel article on Matador Network! A link back to your photo stream has also been included.

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    11. iHataHet 48 months ago | reply

      Nicely done .. did u ever go to Damascus .. Old Damasqus ?

    12. seier+seier 48 months ago | reply

      yes, we went to damascus too and enjoyed it very much - both the city and the people

    13. themoonmachine 44 months ago | reply


      Thanks for sharing this photo under Creative Commons! It's been featured in a travel article on Matador Network with a link back to your photostream.

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      Thanks again!


    14. seier+seier 44 months ago | reply

      you are welcome

    15. Marco de Waal 29 months ago | reply

      Nice picture! Excellent!

    16. Hector Hurtado 26 months ago | reply

      You seem to have noticed something that most ignored. Passers-by miss out on so much by not taking the time to see.

    17. seier+seier 26 months ago | reply

      well, the real beauty of the place is that it is a living monument, rather than a museum. people spend their lives there, working hard, enjoying life - and right now fighting for their lives. to the architect, living in a building always trumps simply looking at it.

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