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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5 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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5 years ago

horrendous

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Josiane Dazin
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5 years ago

Horrific

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Antonia
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5 years ago

Oh boy...

Michel Guntern
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5 years ago

Ouch.

Ana Vasileva
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5 years ago

Not to discount the destruction and tragedy, but these are not the same - square on top, octagonal at the bottom.

Rebecca Hicks
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3 years ago

The one on the top is not square. And the one on the bottom is a hexagon too-it looks like an octagon at first, but if you look at the base carefully then you'll see that a couple of what look like its pillars can't be, and are actually from the structure behind it.

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Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
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5 years ago

When I saw the BEFORE picture, I kept whispering "no no no no no" to myself hoping they would have spared this one...

Melissa Apple
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5 years ago

Horrible, so sad

Kevin Thompson
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3 years ago

i am about to vomit to what happened to these good people.

Michael Oconnor
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4 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uhxrPhVO8Y

Invid
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4 years ago

These aren't the same buildings

Gëna Froggatt
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4 years ago

Taken from a different place

Sujoy Ghosh
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4 years ago

Can we use the photos for a film docu?

Mardene Patton
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5 years ago

Oh my Lord such sadness

Irma Yunita
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5 years ago

Masya Allah.

Thabani Hadebe
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5 years ago

That's a mosque! what is wrong with these people. Especially America. Who invited them there. What is the reason for their presents in that country. ?

Daniel Duna
Community Member
5 years ago

Horrific.

Daniel Duna
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh no......

ahmed hndyi
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5 years ago

this mosque in damascus and nothing happened to it , this is a fake photo

Hamoude Rifaie
Community Member
5 years ago

This is Alamawi of Aleppo it's a smaller one.

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Shereen Dardari
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5 years ago

This is beyond words. My heart shatters when I see this, why ?

Beatrijs Anckaert
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5 years ago

this is horror!

Sofia Martinez
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! That is so sad

Howard Lewis
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5 years ago

Americans should be made to feel the shame their false prophets told them Jesus made avoidable

Kitty Carroll
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5 years ago

I'm an atheist but Jesus didn't enter into it. This was extremist Muslims attacking moderate Muslims. They weren't attacked by the Catholic church. If you aren't going to assign any of the blame to the people doing this then things aren't going to get any better.

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Amber Shewalter
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5 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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5 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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5 years ago

:( so much destruction...

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HaRiKhIlZi
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5 years ago

This is depressing!

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Marie Simmonds
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5 years ago

These pictures actually made me cry

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Peter Atkin
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5 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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5 years ago

shows how prosperous syria used to be

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Kasia Ciesielska
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5 years ago

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

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Nancy Parker
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5 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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5 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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5 years ago

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

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MIR Sajjad Mehdi
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5 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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5 years ago

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

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Ste Ven
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5 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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5 years ago

Terrible.

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Kim Eojin
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1 year 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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2 weeks ago

R.I.P city

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Bistra Stoimenova
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5 years ago

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

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Ia Ma
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4 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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4 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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4 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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5 years ago

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

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