Aleppo Religious Sights Tour, Aleppo

The beautiful city of Aleppo in northern Syria is home to a number of great religious sights. While as you may expect, the majority of local population is Muslim, the city is also home to one of the wealthiest Christian communities in the East. As a result, there are many impressive churches as well as grand mosques to see in Aleppo on this tour.
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Aleppo Religious Sights Tour Map

Guide Name: Aleppo Religious Sights Tour
Guide Location: Syria » Aleppo (See other walking tours in Aleppo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Tawhid Mosque

1) Tawhid Mosque

Tawhid Mosque is a contemporary mosque located on Khalil al-Hindawi street, on the right bank of the Queiq River. It was opened in 1981 and features a combined style of the early Islamic Abassid architecture and modern mosques. Situated in a largely Christian-populated quarter of Aleppo, the Tawhid Mosque is nestled among a number of churches. This fact tells you a lot about the high level of religious tolerance in Syria. At this elegant and splendid mosque, you will notice a large central dome surrounded with 4 smaller silver domes, slender minarets and beautiful decorations.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St George's Cathedral

2) St George's Cathedral

St. George's is a Greek Catholic Cathedral of Aleppo. Like many other churches in the city, it is set around a small square. The building has a large dome flanked by two smaller domes. St. George's Cathedral is especially beautiful at night, when it is wonderfully illuminated.
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Church of the Holy Cross

3) Church of the Holy Cross

This Armenian Catholic church serves some of the many Armenians in Syria. Many of these people were refugees from conflict in their home country. The consecration of the church took place on 24 April 1993. It is the work of the Aleppine-Armenian architect Sarkis Balmanougian. As of April 2010, Father Nerses Zabbarian is the parish priest of Holy Cross church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Latin Church

4) Latin Church

While Aleppo has a variety of different churches, this Latin church is perhaps the most distinctive. It boasts extensive decorations and two high towers. The church’s French style architecture and its beautiful interior make it well worth seeing during your visit to the city.
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St. Elias Maronite Cathedral

5) St. Elias Maronite Cathedral

The Saint Elias Cathedral is an Eastern Catholic church located in the Christian quarter of Jdeydeh. It is named after Elijah the prophet. The church was opened in 1873 and renovated in 1914. The building has two magnificent belfries at the facade, In 1914, during the period of Archbishop Michael Akhras, the dome was renovated and for that purpose, concrete was used in reconstruction works for the first time in the architecture history of Aleppo, with the help of experts from Belgium. In the same period, the chiming clock, which plays Ave Maria every fifteen minutes, has been placed on the tower, while its marble entrance with yellow columns is situated under the high dome on the east side. In front of the main gate, the statue of Archbishop and poet Germanos Farhat (1670–1732) has been erected in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death, and for his efforts in founding the Maronite library, the home of old valuable manuscripts. Since then, the surrounding area of the cathedral is called Farhat square.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Forty Martyrs Armenian Church

6) Forty Martyrs Armenian Church

The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral of Aleppo is a 15th century Armenian Apostolic church. It is significant among Armenian churches for having three altars. The church has no dome, but the bell tower is considered to be one of the unique samples of the baroque architecture in Aleppo. It is significant for being one of the oldest functioning churches in the Armenian diaspora.

The Armenian church of the Forty Martyrs in Aleppo was mentioned for the first time in 1476, in the second edition of the book The Exploit of the Holy Bible, written by Father Melikseth in Aleppo. It was erected to replace a small chapel in the old Christian cemetery. The church was named in the honour of a group of Roman soldiers who faced martyrdom near the city of Sebastia in Lesser Armenia, and were all venerated in Christianity as the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. On 26 April 2000, the Armenian community of Aleppo marked the 500th anniversary of the first enlargement of the church under the patronage of His Holiness Aram I Catholicos, during the period of Archbishop Souren Kataroyan.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mulla Khan Mosque

7) Mulla Khan Mosque

The Mulla Khan Mosque is a beautiful Ottoman era mosque with a splendid interior. There is a calm, pleasant space near the fountain of the mosque where you can stand and contemplate the amazing architecture of this house of worship.
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Great Mosque

8) Great Mosque (must see)

The Great Mosque of Aleppo is the largest and oldest mosque in the city of Aleppo. The present mosque dates form the 13th century Mamluk period. It is located in its Old City and is said to entomb the remains of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. It was built in the beginning of the 8th century. However, the current building dates back to the 11th through 14th centuries. The minaret was built in 1090, and was destroyed during fighting in the Syrian civil war in April 2013. The site of the Great Mosque once was the former Agora from the Hellenistic period, which later became the garden for the Cathedral of Saint Helena, during the Christian era rule of Syria.

The mosque, begun about 715, was built on confiscated land that was the Cathedral cemetery. In 1260, the entire mosque was razed by the Mongols. The Great Mosque is built around a vast courtyard that connects to different areas of the mosque, positioned behind the colonnaded arcade. The courtyard is well-known for its black and white stone pavement that forms complex geometric patterns. The main prayer hall of the mosque holds the primary elements of the mosque: the shrine of Zechariah, a 15th century minbar, and an elaborately carved mihrab.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Aleppo, Syria

Create Your Own Walk in Aleppo

Create Your Own Walk in Aleppo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Aleppo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North-West of Aleppo Walking Tour

North-West of Aleppo Walking Tour

The northwestern area of Aleppo is a beautiful district with a number of interesting sights to attract the visitor. You can find several magnificent mosques in this part of town, for example, and there are beautiful parks and Arabic restaurants too. Take our Northwestern Aleppo Walking Tour to see the best spots in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

There are plenty of amazing landmarks in this beautiful city of Northern Syria. While you may not know it, Aleppo is one of the oldest cities on Earth. Take this orientation walk to see the most popular attractions in Aleppo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Northern Aleppo Walking Tour

Northern Aleppo Walking Tour

The area to the north of the famous Citadel in the ancient city of Aleppo offers a number of fascinating archaeological attractions, including historic sites and informative museums. In this part of the city you can also visit an ancient cemetery and a souq market housed in a historic palace. Take our self-guided tour to see the most interesting spots in northern Aleppo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Aleppo Daily Life Walking Tour

Aleppo Daily Life Walking Tour

Aleppo is home to a diverse population of people from a number of different backgrounds, both Christian and Muslim. The lifestyle here is somewhat different to the West: most locals prefer to spend their leisure time in restaurants with their families, for example, and there are very few nightclubs here. Take our tour to explore the daily life of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Aleppo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Aleppo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Aleppo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.