Aleppo, Syria, is probably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. With the first settlers dating to 6 millennia B.C., it has amassed incomprehensible amounts of history behind its walls. Aleppo used to be the biggest city in Syria, but since 2012 July the 19th, when horrors of the Syrian War ensued, now Damascus, Syria's capital, is the largest.

The Syrian Civil War, still happening today, has demanded the deaths of thousands of civilians. With the center of it all being Aleppo, the many barrel bombs dropped from helicopters have destroyed what used to be the oldest city in the world. The hammams, souqs, basilicas, and the ancient Old Town had turned to rubble because of this dispute. Not to mention the many peoples' lives it has destroyed.

Now, we understand that these war pictures of the great city before and after the war are not our usual cheery topic to write about, but sometimes it's good to have a reality check.

Scroll down below to see the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site in our picture list of Syria before and after the war.

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
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6 years ago

A few years back I sat there and had an amazing meal in one of the friendliest cities I've ever visited. Now... an unbelievable tragedy.

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Pat Foley
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6 years ago

horrendous

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Josiane Dazin
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6 years ago

Horrific

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Antonia
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6 years ago

Oh boy...

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Amber Shewalter
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6 years ago

These photos make you think about how war can destroy things in an instant that took months or years to construct. And when it's a person who's destroyed, there's no way to "rebuild."

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HaRiKhIlZi
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6 years ago

My grandparents born in there.. It breaks my heart see how destroyed this city is ????????

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Oana Dmt
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6 years ago

:( so much destruction...

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HaRiKhIlZi
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6 years ago

This is depressing!

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Marie Simmonds
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6 years ago

These pictures actually made me cry

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Peter Atkin
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6 years ago

Such a beautiful country, what a waist. My heart felt sympathy to you all past and present.

Shereen Dardari
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6 years ago

Breaks my heart to see my country like this :(

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Angela Coleman
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6 years ago

It breaks my heart to see so much devastation to beautiful historical sites and to think of the suffering of the Syrian people. Hate and fear and power; a lethal combination

Sonia Nordlander
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6 years ago

I feel such sadness and utter anger at how my own country is handling this and has the audacity to close its borders to the refugees. Can't even imagine what it would be like to see my home, my town and country destroyed like this, having to escape and then be turned away everywhere. Feel such sorrow and shame ????

Andrea Mayer
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5 years ago

Where will Assad and Russia take the money to rebuild Syria?

Lucas Cyyte
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5 years ago

sometimes it's really embarrassing and shameful being a human being

David Longfils
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6 years ago

I can't believe the destruction and for what? It's no wonder the Syrians are fleeing.

Lu Taru Saari
Community Member
6 years ago

It happened not so long ago in Croatia and Bosnia... only few (international) cared then, only few cares now for Syria. Time passes, history repeats itself with a little modification, people never learn from it...

Anna Kelly Grant
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a shame ????

Kevin Thompson
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4 years ago

may god have mercy on these people.

Glenda Buffy Rummel
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5 years ago

So extremely sad

Glenda Buffy Rummel
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5 years ago

So extremely sad

Sharon Thomson
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5 years ago

I sit in the comfort of my home and feel profoundly sad. Who can be pleased they have done this did it make someone's life better?

Mindy Scarlett-Persaud
Community Member
5 years ago

There are no words to express how heavy this makes my heart - how could we let this happen?!?!?!?!?!?

Mollie Larson
Community Member
5 years ago

So unbelievably sad, the senselessness of it all just compounds the tragedy!! When will the powers that be in this world finally allow us to just be so we might all learn to live as true brothers and sisters of the world!!!

Long You
Community Member
5 years ago

War is hell!

Bhanu Sisodia
Community Member
5 years ago

i'm speechless. This was a beautiful city so pretty and look what war has done. I cant imagine what all those people are going through in this warzone. God be with them.

Jayne Sunflower
Community Member
5 years ago

Heartbreaking...... Words fail me........ Please help Aleppo

Molly Williams
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5 years ago

Please can I use these images for my art project for exhibition 2017

Molly Williams
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5 years ago

Please can I use these images in my textile art for exhibition 2017

Earl Fitzpatrick
Community Member
5 years ago

Bastards

Luckysafehaven David Joyce
Community Member
5 years ago

Why all this Violence over oil pipe line Common! What is wrong with you leaders in the world! Nothing is sacred except your greed!

Katie Smith
Community Member
5 years ago

Aleppo was such a gorgeous city. It's heartbreaking to see the people and their home devastated by war.

Kokoshul Kokoshat
Community Member
6 years ago

This is islam guys. Welcome in europe in the christian field

Rachelle Weidenkeller
Community Member
6 years ago

It is so sad to see such beauty destroyed..and for what?? Mans desire for power..

username993569
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6 years ago

Ruined, those beautiful indian carvings destroyed. And for what?

Flavia GK
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6 years ago

It just saddens my heart completely

Sakhile Khumalo
Community Member
6 years ago

Now they want to rewrite the history of lies for the future generation and fake bible shame on u super powers u control the whole World by barrel of guns!!!

Nicole van Nijmweegen
Community Member
6 years ago

WHY???

Beatrijs Anckaert
Community Member
6 years ago

this is realy sad, horrible and wrong, poor Syria!

Josiane Dazin
Community Member
6 years ago

Yes what a terrible waist

Amanul Huda
Community Member
4 years ago

There are two side of any story but Syria war has only one side . The US +Israeli interest and that's it . Saudi now capitulated to US strategy is a unique example . Only problem is Russia and Turkey until it polarizes to a coalition between Turkey , Iran and Russia which leaves Syria as only interesting as a battle Here , the biggest loser will be The Saudis and the Israel . No worries ! As the Aussies say . Few million dead what do they care ? Their hands are bloody any way before or after the war .

Abreu Aprendente
Community Member
4 years ago

Sorry, but you are being kind of ignorant. Look at how the conflict has started, it has started as a civil war. Israel was not even on stage. If Israel is part of this war now, it is just because of the interests of Iran along with Syria, for them Israel and its people are outsiders in the region. Shame on you for being ignorant. Be serious to yourself, and for the truth! Surely the great powers are making the war last longer, but look at all the details before posting eccentric conclusions elsewhere. Don't forget that Iran, Turkey and specially Russia are involved in this war, too.

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Ralph Coffman
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5 years ago

A WAR CRIME and a sin against GOD our Creator, that continues to grow and goes "unpunished" The innocent always die. The World needs a "Turkish Purge" !

Donald Murray
Community Member
6 years ago

I love that this country and it's people are beino bombed to oblivion. May they never forget " Don't mess with the U.S.A..God bless the United States of America. Donald Murray

Joy Kos-parfait
Community Member
5 years ago

Usa did this????

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Изида Кубекова
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6 years ago

What about Iraq, bombed by americans?! Samrra-578...045eae.jpg Samrra-5786629045eae.jpg

Carl Teglund
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6 years ago

Or Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia :/ bombed by Russians?!

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Alan Ryan Hall
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6 years ago

Thank you America; another master piece of murder added to your CV of the last seventy years. "From Korea to Here"

Abreu Aprendente
Community Member
4 years ago

Man it has started as a civil war because of corruption, not because of democracy, but because of the lack of it.

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Bluby Fisher
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6 years ago

shows how prosperous syria used to be

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Kasia Ciesielska
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6 years ago

These bomb craters makes me feel really bad :( Quo vadis World?

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Nancy Parker
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6 years ago

My brain actually cannot accept this information. The destruction is quite inconceivable.

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Anna Kelly Grant
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6 years ago

Very sad x

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Iman 2020
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1 year ago

Rip

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Trina Risos
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6 years ago

And what has this war given any of the Syrian people??

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MIR Sajjad Mehdi
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6 years ago

What we see in pictures is only collateral damages, what can't be seen is a lot more; human sufferings, innocent people killed including women and children. Hospitals, schools and other educational institutions, place of worship ect. Displaced persons facing other brutalities of all sorts. Why all these sufferings to a country which was considered a peaceful place to live and no record of human rights violations. Then why all this continues to go on and on, what the united nation and the civilized world is doing, what is the hidden agenda behind the brutal human sufferings?

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Jennifer Davis
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6 years ago

Some of the oldest Christian churches and Christian people are in Syria.

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Ste Ven
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6 years ago

The sky is no longer blue and beautiful :( it's as if the pictures are the wrong way round. I hate humans

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Lisa Mellis
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2 years ago

Donald this was an absolute crime against humanity. I can only assume you are uneducated.

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Mel Whatever
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6 years ago

Terrible.

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Kim Eojin
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2 years ago (edited)

I live in Korea, and that Kia car made me realize how recent the "before" pictures were.. you STILL see those cars rolling around in Korea in shiny condition. It's difficult to believe that such a prosperous country is in such ruins now, until you see the one thing that pours the reality into you. I thought the before pictures were from the 1990s.

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Ato Adoremos
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7 months ago

R.I.P city

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Bistra Stoimenova
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6 years ago

It's like Apocalypse Now - they have ruined it! So sad... :(

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Ia Ma
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11 months ago

I am American and I have wanted to go to Syria for my whole life because if the amazing and incredible history there. I went to Ireland and stood in ruins where humans were traced back to have lived there in the year 3,000 BC 3000 years before “Christ”. It was your country that gave safe havens for “terrorists” I use that word in quotations because we can spend decades defining and debating what that means but to me what it means is the first safe haven for dangerous people to go out beyond their walls to other countries and kill innocent civilians. Yeah sure it it unsafe for the innocent people that live there but think first to blame your own government for protecting these dangerous people then the countries who are victims of these attacks who have said no more against the irresponsible and incomprehensible dangerous done. If you really think the Americans or the cia or the Jews are mindless psychopaths and killsheet orders how did the names get there in the first place?

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claire wright
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5 years ago

Really depressing looking through these. What was a very prosperous country now looks like a building site. I am so terribly sorry to be from 1 of the countries that caused this. We should have left well alone instead of all the time thinking we know better.

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Joy Kos-parfait
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5 years ago

i don't understand why outside countries can to bomb them also. whyyyy this don't make sense.

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David Longfils
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6 years ago

It makes you realise why these people are so desperate to leave.

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