The once bustling cosmopolitan Syrian city exists only in memory
After five years of civil war, the ancient city of Aleppo, for thousands of years a center of commerce, industry and the arts, lies in ruins. Its grand stone buildings are crumbling, and thousands of its people, refugees. These photographs of the once beautiful city bear little resemblance to the city as it exists today.
For the people of Aleppo, of course, it is not just the buildings that have been lost, but their way of life. The Los Angeles Times asked a few Aleppians what it is they think of when they recall their city’s past. For Ziad Oubari it was the scents of the Souk al Attareen, the perfumer’s market.