By Philip Mansel
Aleppo is our target 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 international urban, the place Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded jointly in peace. Few areas are as historic and numerous as Aleppo – one of many oldest, constantly inhabited towns on the earth – successively governed by means of the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. below 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 highway, at a crossroads of global alternate, the place retailers from Venice, Isfahan and Agra accrued within the biggest suq within the heart East. all through the region, it was once well-known for its foodstuff and its tune. For four hundred years British and French consuls and retailers lived in Aleppo; a lot of their money owed are used right here 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 financial strength, a poignant testomony to a urban shattered by Syria's civil war.
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