Once Syria’s most populous city, years of bloody conflict have left Aleppo completely destroyed. But that wasn’t always the case. A commercial and industrial powerhouse, the old city was designated a “UNESCO World Heritage site”: http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/22/syria-photos-after-the-battle-aleppo-shows-its-scars and rightly a major tourist destination.
Before the armies of death – Aleppo’s ancient Citadel and covered market, or souk, drew in armies of visitors.
Nowadays, Aleppo is hardly top of many people’s holiday wish lists. But, that hasn’t stopped President Bashar al-Assad’s government from promoting the city. Earlier this year, Syria’s tourist board released drone footage showcasing the western half of Aleppo seemingly untouched by war.