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The Formidable Citadel of Aleppo

Syria is home to some of the world’s most fascinating archeological treasures, with its history stretching way back to more than 10 thousand years ago. It also contains two of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world; Damascus and Aleppo, going back to around the 6th millennia BC.

For the city of Aleppo, there is no edifice more iconic than its formidable citadel resting over an ellipsoidal hill at the center of the old city, which is a UNESCO heritage site.

The formidable entrance of the citadel is one of its most memorable features, towering over its walls and dominating the hill and the surrounding area.

Lego was the favorite toy of my childhood. Unfortunately, I stopped creating Lego sets for more than 20 years ago. However, lately, buying Lego again for my son rekindled my passion.

In this project, I recreated part of the southern side of the citadel which includes the main entrance, part of the defense walls, and the southern defense tower, as a Lego Architecture set.

It took me 6-7 months to build this Lego set. Creating the curvature of the ramp hill was a bit of a challenge but I believe I was eventually able to model it correctly.

I also tried my best to recreate the inside of the castle as accurate as I can, including the 1000 BC Hittite temple that was discovered underneath the citadel in 2003.

Hope you will enjoy the set as I enjoyed researching and building it, and looking forward to your feedback and support.