Sunday, August 28, 2005

Aleppo, Downtown Aziziye Area

I will focus my pictures here again on this area, because the importance of this area as one of oldest streets of Aleppo, and which witnessed many events, many famous people's visits, or their homes.
There are also one of most prestigious schools in Aleppo, it is Armenian Central Benevolent School after Najarian, Kulbengian donors, and the city's most frequented hall, Armenian Theatre.
There is also Italian hospital (now stopped to be that), numerous fast food restaurants, Wanes, Shallal, Rif, Best Cup, and many others, the famous Alzilal (Shadows) recordings shop, cloths shops, churches, patriarcharies.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

Armenia, Yerevan, Valley Inside City

This valley maybe considered somewhere in the nature. But this is located in the city!
River Razdan is flowing in it. There are restaurants and cafe-s in the valley. One of them on boat-like structure.

For more pics go to my flickr page

The Clock Of Bab Al-Faraj, Center Of Aleppo

This clock's is one of oldest in the city. Now this clock is working after being stopped for years.

Aleppo Old Town

Here you can see the Aleppo old town, with its antique selling shops. This is Jdeide street, which harbors also famous eastern style restaurants.

Nowadays, all "daraba" called tin doors of shops are replaced with beautiful, wooden made doors, expressing eastern looks. Here is Jdeideh. الجديدة

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Aleppo Citadel. My First Pics

Aleppo, a new look to citadel pic 2

The Aleppo Citadel
A magnificent enormous fortress, the Aleppo Citadel, is sometimes considered to be one of the oldest in the region. The hill the Citadel stands on is supposed to date back to the 16th century BC, when the Amorites were in control. However the earliest remains that have been uncovered only go back as far as the 10th century BC when the Neo Hittites raised a temple on this site. Later it was said Abraham milked his cow there. It became a citadel under the Seleucids. Saladin's son, Ghazi, used it as both residence and fortress and it suffered from the Mongol invasions in 1269 and 1400.

The present structure and designs of the Aleppo citadel is Ghazi's work. The sole entrance to the Citadel is through the outer tower in the south. This defended the stone arched bridge, which covered the 22m moat. The magnificent gateway is almost a castle in itself. The door is placed on a sidewall with a close wall facing it to limit the space needed to ram the door down. As you go in, there is a bent entrance that goes right, left, left, right, right, and then left. This is to slow down attackers. There are three gates with carved figures at each. In the court there is a cistern (Byzantine) and a few brick vaults, probably dungeons. The pitch dark of the inside of the gateway is to strengthen the contrast between light and dark so that it would be impossible for attackers to see.

Several of the structures seen outside at the top of the mound, are being excavated and restored. But there are 2 mosques, one is the Mosque of Abraham (where Abraham was said to have milked his cow) and the other one is the Great Mosque of the Citadel. This second mosque is quite beautiful in its appeal, a stone paved court and a fountain with 3 evergreens lie in the center of it. The residence or Ayyubid palace is also a great feature of the citadel. This palace includes an iwan, and a Hammam. You will also find a modern built Amphitheater used for entertainment and civil occasions.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Armenia, Yerevan, Aragast Restaurant And Garden

Hello guys, now a little far from Aleppo. This is the ship-like restaurant in the middle of Yerevan. You can enjoy the different ways of these restaurants, cafe-s, and different music in each. أرمينيا ، يريفان ، مطعم الشراع

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Syrian National Anthem

Thanks to Ara Sofalian, I found in the midi file of syrian national anthem.

A second version is this link

and there is also a link at