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The story of a traditional Aleppian house

by Dr. Ahmad Adib Shaar on October 16, 2015

When I bought and renovated a house in the Old City of Aleppo, I was asked by the Syrian Engineers Syndicate to assess the experience. I told the cultural committee represented by Mr. Khaldoun Fansa that I would follow an Arab expression that you don’t make a judgment on something for a year and seven months. After that time I gave this lecture to the Syndicate. It has been translated, edited and updated and now also includes the view of two of my children.

I was born in 1950 in what we call an “Arabic house,” a stone building built around a courtyard, sheltered from its neighbors and housing just one family. It was in the Al Bustan area of Aleppo, by the southern gate of the Saray palace and just inside the eastern wall of the old city. We left in 1954 to live in al-Ansari in a house that was similar to an Arabic house in that we lived there alone without neighbors above or below us.

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Dr. Ahmad Adib ShaarThe story of a traditional Aleppian house

Birthday Dinner in Aleppo

by Adawia Shaar on September 20, 2015

Adawia Shaar, who lives in Aleppo, shares on her Facebook page a picture from the birthday dinner of her friend, whose brothers were only able to join her through Skype. “She does not know when she will see them again, so she created this scene to live the dream that they are still by her side”

This is the new Aleppo family, with members scattered all around the world.

Adawia ShaarBirthday Dinner in Aleppo