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Bicycle travels on the Silk Road:

Halab (حلب‎,) or Aleppo is definitely one of the highlights on the Silk Road. The great fortified city on top of a hill has been for millenia a natural stopover for travellers from Anatolia to Baghdad and on to Persia. Hittite and Persian kings, Mongolian armies and Tamerlan passed through here. The infamous crusaders were unable to conquer it. A train station of he Berlin-Baghdad railway (of First World War fame) still exists.
The National museum of Aleppo was built in 1931 during the French occupation. Archeologists at work in Syria have to split their finds with their home institution and with Syria. Therefore Halap became a depository for wonderful Early Aramaeic finds of Tell Halaf. The entrance of the Museum is ornated with the entrance of King Kaparas' palace, 900 BC (copies).
The museum was, at each of my visits, almost overrun by students. For me that was a good sign that the cultural heritage of this important country is not forgotten. Today I'm however troubled about the cruel effects a civil war has on body, soul and culture.

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