In what can be called the biggest tragedy of recent times, Aleppo has been brought town by an ongoing four year battle which took a turn for the worst last week when a ceasefire brokered by Turkey with Russia for eastern Aleppo came crashing down. Bombings continued after the failed ceasefire and people were seen fleeing their homes, even recording last messages and posting them on social media. While Aleppo has been in the news only on account of the war activities in the region, there was a time when it was a sought after tourist attraction. Aleppo has an intriguing history. Saladin, the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, conquered Aleppo’s citadel in 1182 after an eight-year campaign. Since then, Aleppo has been ruled by several empires including the Greeks, Romans, Umayyads, Mameluks, and Ottomans. Over time, Aleppo came to become famous for its amazing Old City citadel towering above its busy markets, mosques and bathhouses. But then, as time passed by, foreign invaders and earthquakes chipped away at the centuries-old monuments lining the Old City. The remnants of the Old City were of great historic significance and therefore, earned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And then as fate would have it, this wonderful Syrian city faced the wrath of war and politics. Since 2011, rocket-propelled grenades, blazing bullets and shrapnel have caused significant damages to prominent monuments like the Great Mosque of Aleppo, the Al-Madina Souq, the Old City citadel. (ALSO SEE Eiffel tower turned off its lights for a great cause and the world loved it!) Even as Aleppo continues to face the wrath of war, here are some photos of Aleppo in all its glory before the cruel war started. Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1

View of the city in its prime

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Photograph Courtesy: Jillian C. York/Creative Commons



Maronite church on Christmas Eve

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Photograph Courtesy: Charles Roffey/Creative Commons

Happy kids walking the streets of Aleppo

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Photograph Courtesy: Charles Roffey/Creative Commons



Monument at Bab Al-Faraj street

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Photograph Courtesy: Oliver Laumann/Creative Commons

The historic Aleppo citadel

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Kids playing football outside the walls of Aleppo

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View from the Aleppo castle

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The famous castle of Aleppo

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 The hustle bustle of the city in its prime

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The citadel of Aleppo

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 A view of the peaceful street and city life

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 Better times on a regular day in Aleppo

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The fortress of Halab

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Early morning at Al-Madina souk

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Fortress of Halab in broad daylight

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