By Philip Mansel
Aleppo is our goal and also you are in basic terms the route.'
Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, so much of its inhabitants has fled. yet this used to be a colourful global urban, the place Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded jointly in peace. Few areas are as old and various as Aleppo – one of many oldest, consistently inhabited towns on the planet – successively governed by means of the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. less than the Ottomans, it grew to become the empire's 3rd greatest urban, after Constantinople and Cairo. It owed its wealth to its place on the end of the Silk street, at a crossroads of worldwide exchange, the place retailers from Venice, Isfahan and Agra accumulated within the greatest suq within the center East. all through the region, it used to be recognized for its foodstuff and its track. For four hundred years British and French consuls and retailers lived in Aleppo; lots of their debts are used right here 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 financial strength, a poignant testomony to a urban shattered by Syria's civil war.
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