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.

Nour Ekhlasi
Community Member
6 years ago

it's nice to see someone has visited my city before war <3 I wish everyone had the chance to see it before this destruction!

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Grant Bussell
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6 years ago

Since I travelled around the world in 1985 I've often said that Syrians were the friendliest and most hospitable people of any country I'd been :-(

Sara Ferré
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6 years ago

War IS illegal...

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james_jenkins
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6 years ago

it's sad

Josiane Dazin
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6 years ago

Awfull

Ronnie Douglas
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1 year ago

This hurts my heart. I do not understand how 1 persons ego would allow them to turn their city to rubble. Just give the people freedom and return back to the beautiful city it was

Michael Oconnor
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4 years ago

WHOMSTVAYAINT

Michael Oconnor
Community Member
4 years ago

whomed

Invid
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4 years ago

It's funny how people think this is real

Annalise Salgado
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5 years ago

Can't blame this on any one country. It's mankind to blame. :(

Wayne Beesley
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5 years ago

Heart breaking and appalling that the world has allowed and continues to allow this to happen

Michel Guntern
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6 years ago

This is more than sad. My heart bleeds.

David Longfils
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6 years ago

It was such a beautiful city - what a waste!

David Longfils
Community Member
6 years ago

Utter madness

Stelea Alexandru
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6 years ago

Blame it on US. It is the sole responsible for all this!

Timur Bapishev
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6 years ago

Russia blame too and EU and whole muslim and cristian world

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Lisbeth Sundman
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6 years ago

War should be illegal. But who's to blame? Who provides the mass destruction weapons. Neither USA nor Sweden are innocent.

Bhimsen Bhattarai
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6 years ago

What a said Syria :(

Cassie Metivier
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4 months ago

Heartbroken 💔 I am of 🇸🇾 Syrian heritage always wanted to visit but now there is nothing to visit probably never be safe in my lifetime or be rebuilt

Safa Jaabari
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7 months ago

good

Marius Swart
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1 year ago

This saddens me so much. My heart sinks when i see this. I am so sorry for you Syria. What greed did to you, just because 1 man wanted to drive a beautiful car that is replaced after 5 years...

whatswrong with me
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1 year ago

The IS is evil, they want everything destroyed. Their belief says Allah (their God) want it.

Happily EverAfter
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2 years ago

Heartbreaking

Kevin Thompson
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4 years ago

this is way beyond disturbing. WHYYYY?

Michael Oconnor
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4 years ago

lmao just put it on peaceful

Asher Hall
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4 years ago

Hekking Creepers!!11!!1!!

Asher Hall
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4 years ago

When a creeper walks into your min3craft house and d3stroys all your diamonnds

Invid
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4 years ago

This is a very good photoshop

Meiko Carter
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5 years ago

So sad! I would have loved to visit.

Joe Croscup
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5 years ago

I'm writing on behalf of Pearson Education. One of our authors would like to include these photos in their forthcoming educational textbook. Can you kindly contact me so I can provide a permission request form for you to review? Many thanks in advance. joe@ohlingerpublishing.com -- Senior Rights and Permissions Manager

Akshay Choudhary
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5 years ago

Disappointing to see a beautiful country is converting in to hell

Gëna Froggatt
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5 years ago

Geez, thought it had always been a dusty sh!t hole. Disgusting what Assad has done

Helen Murga
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5 years ago

I saw al the photographs and I can not believe the hatred these people have, too destroy cities, homes, kill humans, is indescribable, not words to name them, is to much hate. May God forgive you.

Sezai Sar
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5 years ago

Halep Kentini bu duruma getirenler utansın, editör efendide bıraksın ABD yandaşlığınıda gerçekleri görsün. Suriye devlet güçleri varil de atar başka bombada, oradaki dünyanın en azılı katil teröristleri devlet davet etmedi. ABD , ortakları ve taşeronlar doldurdu onları oraya. Sanırım savaş için ellerinden geleni esirgemeyen bu savaş yanlıları, tabloları görünce suratları kızarır.

Patricia Jordan
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5 years ago

No words for what has happened to you....sorry means nothing.

Mardene Patton
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5 years ago

Really SAD what attitudes can do...

Elena George
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5 years ago

Thank you , Mr 0bama. You encouraged this mess. Toppling secular dictators while it may make you feel good for a moment, it presents untold bloodshed later along the path. To move a dictatorship to liberal democratic forms of governance takes at least 2 generations and piles and piles of money. You'd think as smart as everyone says 0bama is, that he would have noticed the Bush-43's topplingo f a secular dictator did not work out as planned. Whatever made him think it would work in Syria?

Elena George
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5 years ago

Thanks Mr Obama

Edracel Letigio
Community Member
5 years ago

Years ago, when I was in college, this is one of the cities I love to visit. For me, there are lot of tourist attractions in this place. I always research this place and other places in Syria but look at it now, they destroyed it. Not only the place but also the people who live in this place. It really breaks my heart. I hope that the war stops and restore this place and the whole Syria.

Md Ataur Rahman
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5 years ago

The beautiful buildings and monuments destroyed like this really made me sad.

dennis killeen
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5 years ago

This is Obama's Legacy - lack of worldwide leadership

ilkin Eskipehlivan
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5 years ago

:(

Paul Hewitt
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5 years ago

the gardens need doing

Tom Spiconardi
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5 years ago

So so sad. no matter what God you believe in, I'm sure he did not want us to kill each other... :'-( this world needs to get its act together very quickly or we will kill each other off

Darky Noel
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5 years ago

There was no civil war. It was an invasion by foreign mercenaries sponsored by the USA and it's allies in order to topple the democratically elected government and destabilise the country.

Logan Hawke
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5 years ago

Blow up the rest of Syria

Logan Hawke
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5 years ago

Hello Doyle

Logan Hawke
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5 years ago

Willy

Emmaline Moua
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5 years ago

whats the name of this pic?

D.J. Duna
Community Member
5 years ago

Truly heartbreaking to see the devastation.

Sean Whittaker
Community Member
5 years ago

Its okay the employees of the companies that built these weapons that killed, maimed and destroyed can still enjoy a nice holiday somewhere far away from the horror they are responsible for. You can understand why people who are on the receiving end of this want to bring this horror home to the perpetrators. This is the work of the devil.

Victor Toks
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel very sad about the destruction of this beautiful city of Aleppo .What is the solution to this terrible War raging on.

W Gary Johnson
Community Member
5 years ago

This war didn't start because Assad took it into his head one day to "bomb his own people". The Syrians are defending themselves from armies of mercenaries paid by the Saudis and Qataris and armed and trained by the United States. None of this would be happening without support from the US government.

Mel Whatever
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5 years ago

So old historical places evaporate in dust ..human's madness..

Michael Clince
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6 years ago

So sad and for what?

Colette Cumbo
Community Member
6 years ago

What a pity!

Mitchell Hallal
Community Member
6 years ago

Mr. Assad has a lot of blood on his hands. Why he's still around I'll never know.

Moataz Aouf
Community Member
6 years ago

All the historecal sits was distrued by the terrorists not by the government army or barrels. The terrorists dig tunnels under the historical sites and fill it with total or c4 and exploded it to destroy the sites and you can see that on YouTube.

Reza Hamzah
Community Member
6 years ago

Stupid Syrian government.

David Longfils
Community Member
6 years ago

utter madness!

Abbass Muhammad
Community Member
6 years ago

Syrians have not done this to their country. The USA, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel inflicted their Takfiri terrorists upon the nation in order to break the Syrian government. Yes the destruction has been huge, but YOU, not the Syrian government did this. For shame! This rag becomes a part of lying war propaganda. Damn you!

Nikolai Budt
Community Member
6 years ago

Ай яй яй, кто же за это ответит?!

Howard Lewis
Community Member
6 years ago

Americans should feel the shame their false prophets told them Jesus made avoidable. There was no need for this.

Cam Branson
Community Member
6 years ago

Jesus f-ing Christ. War sucks!! Terrible :(

Pat Thompson
Community Member
6 years ago

My heart bleeds

Wared Suleiman
Community Member
6 years ago

i wish if you can tell us in which city did you take this pictures it whould be very nice of you !

Laurin Patience
Community Member
5 years ago

This image looks like a painted artist impression rather than a photograph.The details don't match up.

Tom Spiconardi
Community Member
5 years ago

Not good... this world has to change fast or we are all destined to kill each other..."GOD" ( no matter what God you believe in) did not want us to destroy and kill each other .. :'-(

William Lü
Community Member
6 years ago

What's scary here is not the war, but people. To see a modern civilization destroyed completely by closed minded savages who believe their way is the only way. I wouldn't be surprised to see America becomes this if Trump is elected as president. *sigh

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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.

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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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10 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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