Aleppo Citadel
Aleppo Citadel
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Damascus, Syria3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The Aleppo Citadel stands as a majestic fortress, proudly showcasing centuries of history and resilience. This imposing structure is an iconic symbol of Aleppo, serving as a testament to the city's rich past and cultural significance.

As you approach the towering walls of the citadel, you are instantly transported back in time. The sheer size and commanding presence of the fortress leave a lasting impression, evoking a sense of awe and admiration. Walking through its ancient gates, you embark on a journey of exploration and discovery.

Written 18 June 2023
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smithy69uk
London, UK329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Visited last week whilst in Aleppo

Citadel closed Tuesdays, but great experience when we returned following day

Amazing views of Aleppo, really is some structure

Staff around the site were friendly and forthcoming in extra information about the site

It’s a must in aleppo
Written 30 November 2022
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THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
Damascus, Syria3,928 contributions
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Sept 2022
In Aleppo, Syria’s Northern Capital, the most amazing Citadel is located in the center of the Old City. It is believed to be the world’s largest and oldest castles as it dates back to the 3 rd millennium BC through the 12th Century AD.
Aleppo is also considered by many to be one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
The Aleppo Citadel dominates the old city. It is surrounded by a 22 meter (72’) deep and 30 meter wide (98’) deep moat.
To me the most impressive part of this citadel is the main stone bridge or entrance over this very big moat.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.
The Citadel was at its’ peat of importance during Crusader presence in the Near East.
Unfortunately it experienced extreme damaged during the Syrian Civil War. Much has been repaired and rebuilt and has reopened to the public in 2018.
Finally in 1980, the Syrian government built inside the Aleppo Citadel a large Amphitheater. When we visited the citadel there was a three day musical performances held within this amphitheater. It was well attended and the selection of musical pieces was outstanding.
I cannot wait to return to Aleppo and my first stop will be at the Aleppo Citadel for a longer visit to this magnificent and historic structure.
Written 8 October 2022
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shaggyd0g1
Glencoe, UK447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
A very impressive and beautiful Citadel, and well preserved given terrible recent events. Fascinating buildings and history. Very evocative. Highly recommended
Written 19 July 2022
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Jane H
Macclesfield, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Still a remarkable place with so much history. You can see damage around the buildings outside snd there is damage in the citadel but still worth a visit snd hopefully in time dome of the damage can be restored. Aleppo is perfectly safe in May 22. Please support the Syrian people in building tourism again
Written 20 May 2022
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jetdude
New York City, NY238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One amazing citadel, surrounded as of now, by ruines due to the ongoing war, but, I visited this month and was amazed!
Written 29 February 2020
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angelexploring
Helsinki, Finland22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
One of the biggest (might be even the biggest) old castles in the world. Absolutely worth of strolling around during daylight, closed at 5.30PM.
Notice that no services available, so bring your water bottle with you and enjoy your coffee afterwards in the nearby cafes.
Breathtaking views around all Aleppo, which is a huge city btw.
Written 8 October 2019
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rwyhuang
Toronto, Canada521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
I cannot even really process how beautiful and majestic this place really is. It speaks volumes of history, and you could spend hours exploring each and every corner all the way up to the amazing viewpoint of Aleppo above. I am so glad this has been restored and reopened. It was lovely watching all the families walking through and kids running /exploring.
Written 5 September 2019
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George L
Barcelona, Spain171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Aleppo Castle without a doubt is one of the most stunning (full of history) kind of castle.
Aleppo is the commercial capital of Syria and during old times Aleppo was one of the main link between Asia and Europe when traveling on the Silk Road to trade and export goods to Europe.

The castle was a meeting location for trade men traveling to gather and meet to do business (exchange goods).

Today it’s safe again to visit the castle and the city is one of the most charming spots on earth.
Aleppo/Syria is the cradle of civilisation and will always be the first inhabited city in the world.
Written 30 August 2019
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Mathias S
332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
The Arab historian Kamal ad-Din (Ibn al-Adim) mentioned that the name of Aleppo, Halab, came from the times of the prophet Abraham, who used to dwell there, in the place of the citadel. He used to offer milk to neighbourly tribes, and his families used to should that the flocks of Abraham were milked (Halaba Ibrahim), and the name Halab thus stucked ot the city. It's just a legend, but it's nice.

Aleppo was named Beroea by the Greeks, after a city in Macedonia (modern Veria in Greece).
It became importand with the rise of Umayyads, but still was in the shadow of Antioch. It's great history starts in 944/945, when it was captured by Sayf ad-Dawla of Hamdanid dinasty, until then ruling Mosul in Iraq.
Sayf ad-Dawla established his own state in Syria, and, as he didn't manage to capture Damascus eventually, he chose Aleppo as his residence. Aleppo thus became the sit of a dinasty. It suffered however, when Byzantines captured it during the wars between them and Sayf ad-Dawla.
Nevertheless, Aleppo was the capital of emirs for some time still, during the reign of Hamdanids, and Lu'lu'ids, and Mirdasids and 'Uqaylids and others. It remained a regional capital under Sejdjuks, Zankids and Ayyubids.
And while it lost this status under Mamluks, the Mamluks destroyed its only rival in northern Syria, Antioch.
In the 19th century, it was the sit of the local Ottoman governor, Józef Bem, who happened to be the Polish and Hungarian national hero. He was originally buried there, but his body was transported to Poland (Tarnów) after its independance.

The interesting is story of Salih Ibn Mirdas, who was lured by Mansur ibn Lu'lu' into the citadel and imprisoned, but managed to free himself from shackles, made a hole in the walls of the citadel, threw himself into the moat, escaped, and some time later captured the city and the citadel, becoming its ruler and the founder of the Mirdasid dinasty.

The citadel was always a splendid fortress, for some time in the Fatimid period it had a separate governor from the city, so that its strenght would not tempt the governor to become independent.

It has a magnificent Mamluk gate. Apart from it, however, it is rather boring inside. And while there's a view of the entire city (as it is located on a hill), it is not so great too, as most of the buildings are of the same size and grey.
Written 13 April 2019
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