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Often described as a male and a female city respectively, Aleppo and Damascus are siblings who love to hate each other. Aleppo lets Damascus wallow in dreary politics, while it can get down to the serious matters of food, culture and heritage. And cotton, soap and pistachios, of course, which drive its economy. Its Christian population, while smaller than that of Damascus, is nevertheless more dynamic, making the whole city feel more European than oriental. And yet, despite this, and despite Aleppo’s merchant past as a former Silk Road trading post and its proximity to Turkey, it remains a surprisingly conservative city in contrast to its elder sister. Expect to see a lot more veiled women and country folk shopping in town for the day. In Aleppo’s souks and in the Old City in general, you will see very few women with unveiled hair. Aleppo is probably the best-preserved Middle Eastern city you will be able to visit in the 21st century, with enough late-Ottoman architecture and unspoilt souks to give you a taste of pure, undistilled Arabia.



...taken at the courtyard of the Great Mosque of Aleppo...

...Halep'teki Büyük Cami'nin avlusunda çekildi...

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