By Philip Mansel
Aleppo is our objective and also you are only 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 historic and various as Aleppo – one of many oldest, always inhabited towns on the planet – successively governed by means of the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. lower than 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 global alternate, the place retailers from Venice, Isfahan and Agra amassed within the greatest suq within the center East. all through the region, it used to be recognized for its nutrition and its song. For four hundred years British and French consuls and retailers lived in Aleppo; a lot of their bills are used the following for the 1st time. within the first background of Aleppo in English, Dr Philip Mansel vividly describes its decline from a top of cultural and fiscal strength, a poignant testomony to a urban shattered by Syria's civil war.
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