Aleppo's Ancient Souk in Syria Destroyed: UNESCO World Heritage Site Burned in Fighting
This is what it used to look like. Aleppo's ancient souk, which dates back to the 14th century, was the largest covered market in the world, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Now the vast medieval market has been gutted by fire as rebels and government forces fight for the ancient heart of Syria's biggest city. According to UNESCO officials, five out of six Syrian world heritage sites have been damaged due to violence. With rebels attacking government forces holed-up in the large medieval citadel in the heart of the Old City, fighting that has already claimed more than 30000 lives across Syria seems destined to destroy even more cultural treasures too.