Bab al-Faraj (Aleppo)

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Coordinates: 36°12′14″N 37°9′9″E / 36.20389°N 37.15250°E / 36.20389; 37.15250

The ruins of the gate

Bab al-Faraj (Arabic: باب الفرج‎) (Gate of Deliverance) or Bab al-Faradis was one of the 9 main gates of the ancient city walls of Aleppo, Syria. It was located at the northern side of the ancient city. The gate was ruined in 1904. Some remains are still found at the north-eastern part of the gate.

History[edit]

Bab al-Faraj was built by Az-Zahir Ghazi and later renovated by An-Nasir Yusuf.

In 1904 it was torn down with a portion of the surrounding fabric to become a public square known by the same name. Nowadays, it is a major junction of the traffic flow in and out of the old city to the extramural areas. The Bab al-Faraj reconstruction project is one of the first preservation efforts in Aleppo. It started in 1978 and is still underway. The remains of the original gate were recently uncovered and are several meters under street level. The gate will be the focus in an archaeological park that is part of the modern civic programs in the leveled area.[1]

The clock tower of Bab al-Faraj is one of the main landmarks of Aleppo. The tower was built in 1898-1899 by the Austrian architect of Aleppo city Charles Chartier.[2]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tabbaa, Yasser, 1997, Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo, The Pennsylvania State University Press, p. 20
  2. ^ eAleppo Bab Al-Faraj tower (in Arabic)