Aleppo: Scenes from a City of Ruins

SYRIA, ALEPPO. A Syrian woman walks through the rubbles of a destroyed house following an airstrike by the Syrian airforce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. ALESSIO ROMENZI

SYRIA, ALEPPO. A Syrian woman walks through the rubbles of a destroyed house following an airstrike by the Syrian airforce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
C: ALESSIO ROMENZI

Culture rubble in Aleppo, Syria

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Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi has been chronicling the Syrian civil war for months. The following pictures of his are from a few days in mid-April spent in the battle-scarred city of Aleppo. They include a glimpse of a rebel fighter encamped in the famed Great Mosque of Aleppo, built nearly a thousand years ago by the once mighty Umayyad dynasty.

From its position in the heart of an ancient city, the minaret of the Great Mosque, an elegant 11th century structure erected atop even more ancient Greco-Roman foundations, has seen a lot. It has withstood epochal earthquakes and the collapse of dynasties and empires. When Mongols or other myriad invaders bathed Aleppo’s streets in blood, the mosque remained in stony silence. But this week, the minaret of the mosque—which has been turned into a battleground between rebel forces and those loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad—exploded during the fighting…

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4 Responses to Aleppo: Scenes from a City of Ruins

  1. ledrakenoir says:

    An excellent photo, which tells more than words…

    Great post… 🙂

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