the souk / souq or bazaar in aleppo, syria, easter 2004
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".
EDIT: even to think that this has been lost is too painful. my thoughts go out to the people of aleppo and syria.
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