Photographer's Note

Two men and a donkey are on their way into the medieval Citadel of Aleppo. Before the Syrian war this was one of the grandest and most impressive palaces in the Middle East. During the war it has been significantly damaged, but not completely destroyed. According to Wikipedia it was reopened to the public in 2017 with repairs to damaged parts underway.

Aleppo Citadel was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and had undergone extensive conservation work in the 2000's, before the war started.

Although this hill has been inhabited for more than 5.000 years, the present complex is dated to the late 12th, early 13th centuries A.D.

In my diary I described how seeing the Citadel complex involved a lot of climbing on steep walls with dangerously loose stones. Here and there I found myself in places high above the precipice with no protective railing or fence. In a beautifully decorated room I made the upsetting discovery that large wooden panels had been vandalized by carved graffiti.

Here is a larger version.

One WS shows a wider view of the entrance to the Citadel as seen from the street below, another WS was taken from the top of a palace wall looking across a part of central Aleppo.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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