City Orientation Walk, Aleppo

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
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: 4.6 km
Author: vickyc
Citadel of Aleppo

1) Citadel of Aleppo (must see)

The Citadel of Aleppo is a large medieval fortified palace in the center of the old city of Aleppo. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. Usage of the Citadel hill dates back at least to the middle of the 3rd millennium BC. Subsequently occupied by many civilizations including the Greeks, Byzantines, Ayyubids and Mamluks, the majority of the construction as it stands today is thought to originate from the Ayyubid period. Dominating the city, the Citadel is part of the Ancient City of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. The citadel rose to the peak of its importance in the period during and after the Crusader presence in the Near East. Several famous crusaders were imprisoned in the citadel, among them Count of Edessa, Joscelin II, who died there, Raynald of Châtillon, and the King of Jerusalem, Baldwin II, who was held for two years.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Al-Sultaniyah Madrasa

2) Al-Sultaniyah Madrasa

Al-Sultaniyah Madrasa is a large religious and educational complex that has been in Aleppo since the 13th Century. Set near the Citadel, it is also the site of the tomb of a sultan among many other ancient features.
Al-Uthmaniyah Madrasa

3) Al-Uthmaniyah Madrasa

Al-Uthmaniyah Madrasa is a madrasah complex was established by Ottoman Pasha Al-Duraki in 1730 and was originally named Madrasa Ridaiya. The madrasa, which includes a mosque, boasts one of the tallest minarets in Aleppo, built in the traditional Ottoman pencil-shaped style. It is centered on a large courtyard with small garden plots. Two iwans and a prayer hall covered with domes grace the northern and southern sides of the courtyard. This madrasa was an active institution for religious studies in the eighteenth century with the forty-two cells that line the eastern and western sides of the large courtyard. The northern part of the madrasa was demolished in to the mid-twentieth century during the construction of the east-west axis, Shari al-Sijn.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Al-Halawiyah Madrasa

4) Al-Halawiyah Madrasa (must see)

Al-Halawiyah Madrasa is a madrasah complex built in 1124 on the site of Aleppo's Great Byzantine Cathedral of Saint Helena of the 5th century, where, according to tradition, a Roman temple once stood. Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, built a great Byzantine cathedral there. When the Crusaders were pillaging the surrounding countryside, the city's chief judge started to convert the cathedral into a mosque in 1123 during the reign of Balak Ibn Bahram Ibn Ourtoq. In 1149, Nur al-Din converted the building into a madrasah; an Islamic-religious school for the followers of the Hanafi madhab. Parts of the 5th century Christian construction were turned into an Islamic school. The building encompasses a small courtyard and the original chapel with its eight large corinthian columns. These columns resemble the ones at the Saint Simeon Cathedral near Aleppo. The symmetry of the space allowed a relatively easy transformation from chapel to masjid. It is also known for its fine mihrab.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Clock Tower

5) Clock Tower (must see)

The Clock Tower is one of Aleppo’s most prominent landmarks. It was built in 1898-1899 by the Austrian architect of Aleppo city Charles Chartier with the help of the Syrian engineer Bakr Sidqi, under Ottoman ruler of Aleppo; wāli Raif Pasha. Set close to the Old Town, near the historical gate of Bab al-Faraj, this tower is an amazing example of the Ottoman-Baroque style of the 19th and 20th centuries. The design of the tower resembles the old Islamic minarets with four similar facades, topped with traditional oriental muqarnas. This kind of edifice is characteristic for many cities of the Ottoman Empire.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Al Assad Square

6) Al Assad Square

Aside from the many ancient sights, Aleppo has more modern landmarks as well. Set on the charming Al Assad Square in the center of the city, you’ll find an impressive bronze statue. It is known as the Memorial Monument to the Martyr Bassel Al Assad. Ten tons of bronze were used to make this great monument by famous contemporary Syrian master Abdul Rahman Mowakket.
Al Baladi Palace

7) Al Baladi Palace

The Al Baladi Palace is the city’s municipal palace. The first thing you are sure to notice about this complex is the Baladiyah tower, which is the highest point in Aleppo. Opposite the palace you can find a small park with a beautiful fountain.
Public Park

8) Public Park

Covering 17 hectares, the urban public park of Aleppo is the largest park in all of Syria. With its hexagonal shape the park is located in Gare de Baghdad district covering an area between Jamiliyeh and Aziziyeh districts. Open since the 1940s, it has provided a great service to the people of the city for decades. This beautiful green space has the Queig river running through it, and wonderfully illuminated at night fountains. The park is home to many art works of famous Syrian sculptors. There are also many playgrounds and statues dotting the park. The statue of emir Sayf al-Dawla is located at the main entrance while the statue of poet Khalil al-Hindawi is located near the central fountains. In October 2006, new dancing water fountains were installed at the centre of the park. Having finished enjoying this peaceful place, you might as well enjoy a good meal at the park’s restaurant in the shade of the trees.
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.
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
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 Religious Sights Tour

Aleppo Religious Sights Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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

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.