Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery

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Syrians preparing merchandise to be sold during the opening of Aleppo’s historic souk in 2017. (File/AFP)
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Syrian workers work on the newly renovated Al-Saqatiyah Market in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, in 2019. (AP)
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Old bazaar in Aleppon in March 2017, before renovations. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 August 2019

Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery

Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery
  • Al-Saqatiyah Market is the latest one to undergo renovations
  • The war in Syria left the eastern half of Aleppo and the Old City in ruins

ALEPPO: Much of the centuries-old covered bazaar in the Syrian city of Aleppo is still in ruins, but slowly small parts of it have been renovated.
The latest to be renovated is Al-Saqatiyah Market, or souk — a cobblestone alley under arches and domes.
Still, bringing customers back to what was once a thronging marketplace remains a struggle.
Aleppo’s historic Old City saw some of the worst battles of Syria’s eight-year civil war. Government forces wrested it from rebel control in December 2016 in a devastating siege that left the eastern half of Aleppo and much of the Old City — a UNESCO world heritage site — in ruins.
Planners hope that by rebuilding segments of the bazaar and getting some shops back open, eventually they re-inject life into the markets.