The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Aleppo is Syria’s largest city, although not the capital (that’s Damascus). Having been inhabited since perhaps as early as the 6th millennium BC, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth, an ancient trading city steeped in history, sitting, as it does, at the western end of the old Silk Road.
A souq is a market in any Arabized or Muslim city. Aleppo’s Al-Madina Souq is the largest covered historic market in the world, a fascinating & atmospheric 13 kilometre (8 mile) labyrinth of covered medieval lanes selling all manner of produce. When I visited it was a Friday, the Muslim day of rest. It was quiet & walking the lanes was an eerie experience, one I remember fondly.