Destroying Aleppo's Heritage

Collection with 17 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

05 Apr 2013 06:00

The Old City of Aleppo, located in Syria, carries historical significance since the 12th century. It is known as the historic city center of Aleppo. Historically, Aleppo had been part of diverse states such as the Roman Empire, the Umayyad Caliphate and the Ottoman Empire. So, it is needless to say that the history of Aleppo carries immense ethnic and religious diversity.

The area contains a large number of ancient buildings, mosques, churches, and madrasas.

It is also important to note that the ancient city of Aleppo was considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, due to its large old mansions, historic souks, and ancient caravansaries.

Unfortunately, most of the area has been destroyed, the history is found under the rubble, and the beauty of what once was has vanished.

Important monuments such as Souq al Madina were destroyed and burnt due to the major attack that was launched by the FSA in September 2012. Also, many other buildings and monuments have been destroyed as a result of the bomb that were dropped by the Syrian government aircrafts and the shells from the artillery.

Syria Aleppo Mena Old City Old Souks Umayyad Mosque Heritage History Destruction Fsa Bashar Al Assad War Conflict Syrian Regime

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The Minaret of the Umayyad Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
05 Apr 2013

The minaret of the Umayyad Mosque was destroyed during the intense clashes between the FSA and the Syrian Regime.

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Umayyad Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
05 Apr 2013

The devastation that appears in the courtyard of the Umayyad mosque is a result of the clashes that occurred between the FSA and Syrian Regime.

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Umayyad Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
05 Apr 2013

The destruction of this Mosque was caused by a fire ignited by regime forces, who then fled the scene.

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Umayyad Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
05 Apr 2013

The consequences of the clashes are evident on the destroyed walls and arches inside the Umayyad mosque. The walls were used as barricades to protect the regime forces.

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Hole in the Wall
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
26 Mar 2013

Regime forces aimed rockets at this Souk to detect FSA bases in the area.

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Covered souk in the old city of Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
28 Mar 2013

It was a covered souk built in 1180 AD, but the regime forces bombed the area during the excessive fighting in the city.

Souk Antakia , old city of Aleppo

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Door that leads to destruction
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
29 Mar 2013

Walls and rooftops next the rear wall of the Umayya Mosque were collapsed by rockets used by Assad's regime in the Old City of Aleppo.

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Criminal Decorations
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
11 Apr 2013

Islamic decorations in the "Umayyad mousqe" in Aleppo have been destroyed.

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Crowded Market
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
10 Apr 2013

"Souk al-madina," meaning the market of the city , is the most famous market in the Old City of Aleppo and one of the most damaged sites there .

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Antakia's destruction in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
10 Apr 2013

The photo portrays the big damage in "antakia market" in the Old City of Aleppo .

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Pistachio Sun
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

A photo from "pistachio square" in the Old City of Aleppo that was previously bombed by the Syrian army.

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Pistachio Market
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

"Souk al-Fostuq," meaning "pistachio market", is one of the historical markets in the Old City of Aleppo . It was destroyed by the excessive bombing.

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Commercial Road Towards War
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

"Souk al-Madina" is the most famous market in the Old City of Aleppo. An FSA military checkpoint is located at the end of the road.

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Destroyed Historical Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

The destroyed outer wall of the Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Aleppo

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A space of hope
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

The historical market, "Souk Al-Attareen," was destroyed after the intense bombing in the Old City of Aleppo

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A Mosque Without a Minaret
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
17 Apr 2013

The minaret of Al-Adlia Mosque collapsed due to the shelling by the regime in the Old City of Aleppo.

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Remnants of the Syrian army
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
16 Apr 2013

A flag of the Syrian regime is what remains after the FSA liberated the area after a big battle in the Great Umayya Mosque in the old city of Aleppo