Aleppo: a cultural guide (Sunday Telegraph)

I must have written more on Aleppo than any other city. Here’s my latest, a short piece in the Sunday Telegraph (6 Feb 2011).

Inside the Great Mosque, Aleppo © Gail Simmons

“On every visit, like the archaeologists before me, I discover another layer in Aleppo’s rich seam of history. This time I learn the legend of Abraham, who stopped to milk his cattle here, distributing the milk (halib) to Aleppo’s citizens, so giving the city its Arabic name: Haleb.”

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