Saturday, April 30, 2005

Aleppo's Big Ben

Bab Al-Faraj clock (1908)

Bab Al-Faraj Clock Today

Bab Al-Faraj Clock Tower:
- Located in Bab Al-Faraj square near the national library and national museum.
- Built during the reign of the ottoman administrator (Wali) Raef Pasha.
- Construction started in 1899 (1316 Hijri).
- The construction site used to be an old reservoir. It was replaced by a new closed reservoir, before building the clock tower on top.
- Construction finished in 1900 (1317 Hijri).
- The following poem was written on it:
........أنشـا لنا الملك الحميـد مـآثرًا
عظمت صناعتها وأي صناعه
........حامي حمى الدين المكين ومن له
أضحت سلاطين الورى أتباعه
........مـن ذاك في حلب أقام منـارة
تثني عليه بســاعة سـماعه
........أيـام دولـة رائف فخـر العلى
والي حمى الشـهباء أبرك ساعه
........ولذاك نادى في الورى تاريخـها
أثـر يقـوم إلى انفصال الساعه


Blogger Ghalia said...

very beautiful, i'd like to visit Aleppo one day, cuz i never been there, my friend always tell me that it is more beautiful than damascus!

April 30, 2005 5:41 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

I have been to damascus few times (mostly the airport, government buildings,bab touma and omayad hotel). actually our buildings are more beautiful,because we use masonary stones to cover them, (something unique only in aleppo), and I found damascus very crowded. Anyway, after seeing your blogs, i think I now know what I should be visiting in Damascus...

April 30, 2005 8:53 PM  
Blogger Amr Faham said...

New Damascus turned into an ungly city because it is the capital city.. so it had to pay the price for that.
even many parts of the old city were destroyed; a part of the city's wall, and many palaces in Souk Sarouja were destroyed to build the ugliest street in Damascus: Al Thawra street (the revolution street).
history and idendity were miningless comparing to power and money.
anyway Rami, if you like to takea tour in the old city, just call me.
i will be so happy to help, actually i enjoy doing that.

May 01, 2005 1:53 PM  
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