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 used to be a colourful global urban, the place Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded jointly in peace. Few locations are as historic and various as Aleppo – one of many oldest, constantly inhabited towns on this planet – successively governed through the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. lower than the Ottomans, it turned 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 exchange, the place retailers from Venice, Isfahan and Agra collected within the greatest suq within the center East. all through the region, it was once recognized for its meals and its song. For four hundred years British and French consuls and retailers lived in Aleppo; a lot of their bills are used right here for the 1st time. within the first historical past of Aleppo in English, Dr Philip Mansel vividly describes its decline from a top of cultural and fiscal energy, a poignant testomony to a urban shattered by Syria's civil war.
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