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“Time travel on foot”
Review of Old City

Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Aleppo
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

I am not sure who was more startled; me or the rat. He scuttled into a large opening below a stone dwelling and I wandered on through deserted, narrow streets to see more of ancient Aleppo on a Friday. A medieval city whose original buildings are still inhabited is a history lesson in an afternoon and not to be missed. It is much easier to navigate (and seemingly rat free) on the north side of Bab An'nasr Street where you will find sign-posted attractions such as Jedeidah Square (the Sissi house is in the NW corner), St. Elias Maronite Cathedral and various original houses like the Bayt Ghazaleh. The Sheraton Aleppo is a useful land mark in the SW corner of this precinct. Take a guide book because the usual hotel maps are useless.

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Reviewed January 10, 2009

No doubt, the souqs are fabulous when all the shops are open and everything is bustling. However, I found myself there on a Friday when all Muslim shops are closed and was expecting a pretty drab experience. Instead, I found that I was actually able to look at the architecture of the souq and wander around peacefully, which was a nice change. There were a few shops open (Christian-owned), and these owners were quite pleasant to talk with. In my experience, conversations are often quite rushed and focused on selling me stuff in markets, but the sellers were much more relaxed (and bored) on Friday due to the lack of customers and so I actually had a few in-depth conversations with shop-keepers for once. One even showed me around an old caravan-serai for no charge.

No doubt, the best case scenario would be to visit on both a Friday and non-Friday in order to get both experience. However, if you find yourself in Aleppo only for one day and it's Friday, don't despair and visit the souqs nonetheless for a fun, slightly different experience.

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