By Philip Mansel
Aleppo is our target and also you are in basic terms the route.'
Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, such a lot of its inhabitants has fled. yet this was a colourful global urban, the place Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded jointly in peace. Few areas are as historical and various as Aleppo – one of many oldest, continually inhabited towns on this planet – successively governed through the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. below the Ottomans, it grew to become the empire's 3rd biggest urban, after Constantinople and Cairo. It owed its wealth to its place on the end of the Silk street, at a crossroads of worldwide alternate, the place retailers from Venice, Isfahan and Agra collected within the greatest suq within the heart East. all through the region, it was once well-known for its nutrients and its tune. For four hundred years British and French consuls and retailers lived in Aleppo; lots of their debts are used the following for the 1st time. within the first heritage of Aleppo in English, Dr Philip Mansel vividly describes its decline from a top of cultural and monetary strength, a poignant testomony to a urban shattered by Syria's civil war.
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