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THRONE HALL FORECOURT IN THE CITADEL OF ALEPPO

THRONE HALL FORECOURT IN THE CITADEL OF ALEPPO
Aleppo, Syria
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BACKGROUND

The Citadel of Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the world, richly preserves layers of its occupation from the Hittite, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Zangid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, and Ottoman periods. The Mamluks, an Islamic dynasty of “slave soldiers,” occupied Aleppo starting in 1260 until the early sixteenth century, when the Ottomans conquered Syria. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2007 WMF and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture restored the surviving Mamluk-era forecourt to the throne hall. This rectangular court, with portals on the long sides and windows onto the citadel, still provides access to the reconstructed throne hall. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The throne hall was the most important Mamluk architectural contribution to the Citadel of Aleppo. Even though it has not survived in its authentic state, it remains one of the most visited spaces in the historic citadel. The forecourt preserves Mamluk-era historic fabric and plays an important role in the choreography of visiting this impressive audience chamber.