30 September 2012
Last updated at 19:32
Aleppo's medieval souk caught fire as rebels and government forces battled for control in the Old City on Friday. UNESCO described the damage to the World Heritage site as "a tragedy". BBC News website readers have shared their photos and memories of Aleppo's heritage in quieter times.
Harold Caruana visited Aleppo in November 2010, before the Syrian uprising began. The citadel, pictured here, sits high on a hill in a commanding position.
Harold from Malta said: "Once you visit the Old City and the 13th Century citadel, they leave an impression on you, especially the old Aleppo souk with its oriental flavour and fragrance."
Reports say hundreds of shops in the souk, one of the best preserved in the Middle East, have been destroyed. Hugh Anderson went to the Aleppo souk with his girlfriend in 2007, while she was studying Arabic at Damascus University.
It's not just tourists and locals shopping at the souk. Hugh was struck by the sight of this donkey browsing the goods.
The souk was a working market with grains and spices stacked high. Photo: Hugh Anderson.
Emma Cave was in Syria in 2010 when she visited the souk in Aleppo, she said: "I have travelled extensively, including a visit to Iran last year, and this was the most beautiful and atmospheric souk I've been to."
Food is cooked to order in the souk. Photo: Emma Cave.
John Winder, from Silver Spring in the US, was in Syria visiting his son who was studying at Damascus University when they visited the Aleppo souk and spotted these huge mounds of honey comb...
John was in Syria in March 2011 just before the first demonstrations started. He said: "Tragically, one of my son's friends from his time in Damascus was recently killed in fighting there." Photo of the Aleppo citadel taken by John Winder.
Jeff Saunders and his wife travelled around Syria in April 2009. He took this photo of some local women shopping in the clothes section of the souq.
Simon Jenkins went to Syria for his 50th birthday. Here he pictures the inside of the souk in Aleppo, the market stalls lie beneath the city's 13th Century citadel.
Simon Jenkins, who's from Mumbles in Swansea said: "The locals were really friendly and appeared to enjoy having western tourists visit..."
He added: "It breaks my heart to hear about what is happening now." Photo: Simon Jenkins. Send your pictures to email@example.com. For terms and conditions please see bbc.co.uk/terms.