Explore Aleppo, Syria and more!

Why it's special: The largest city in Syria, Aleppo (pictured) was a hugely important trading point for cultures from all over the Middle East and beyond, giving it Greek, Roman, Akkadian, and Ottoman influences.  Why it's in danger: The ongoing civil war in Syria has endangered all of the country's UNESCO sites, including the ancient cities of Palmyra and Damascus and structures in Aleppo, like this 12th-century citadel.

9 UNESCO Sites to See Before They Disappear

After the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal's UNESCO heritage sites are at risk. But those aren't the only world heritage spots that could soon disappear.

The Citadel of Salah Ed-Din (World Heritage Site by Unesco) is a castle in Syria. It is also known as Saône or Saladin Castle. It is located 7 km east of Al-Haffah town and 30 km east of the city of Latakia, in high mountainous terrain on a ridge between two deep ravines and surrounded by forest, the site has been fortified since at least the mid 10th century. In 975 the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes captured the site and it remained under Byzantine control until around 1108

The Citadel of Salah Ed-Din (World Heritage Site by Unesco) is a castle in Syria. It is also known as Saône or Saladin Castle. It is located 7 km east of Al-Haffah town and 30 km east of the city of Latakia, in high mountainous terrain on a ridge between two deep ravines and surrounded by forest, the site has been fortified since at least the mid 10th century. In 975 the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes captured the site and it remained under Byzantine control until around 1108

Aleppo Citadel, Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday blamed terrorists for recent attacks in Syria and accused rebels of conducting a concerted campaign to ensure U.

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NEAR ALEPPO, SYRIA -- Soils in Syria. Scenes of the Dead Cities, where ancient Byzantine ruins tell of prosperous communities that are now abandoned. Soil erosion ended the fertility of the area that supported a large population.

The Dead Cities, called Ancient Villages of Northern Syria by UNESCO, are a collection of Byzantine towns of architectural significance in the Al-Bara region.

The Magnificent "Dead Cities" of Ancient Syria

The Dead Cities, called Ancient Villages of Northern Syria by UNESCO, are a collection of Byzantine towns of architectural significance in the Al-Bara region.

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