Syrians prepare merchandise for sale during a celebration in Aleppo's historic souk as it reopens on November 16, 2017. / AFP / George OURFALIAN
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Under the centuries-old archways in an alley in Syria's famed Aleppo Old City, a small glimpse of the once-bustling market re-emerged Thursday, despite the ravages of war.Restoration work has brought a small part of the famed Old City's market back to life, and the restored arches glowed in purple lighting as traders once again plied wares including the city's famous olive oil soap.Much of the famed Old City and its souk remain badly scarred, but Thursday in the Souk al-Jumruk, local officials reopened a part of the market that has been restored.The covered market of Old Aleppo, with its multiple alleyways selling everything from homeware to artisanal products, was the largest in the world, with some 4,000 shops and 40 caravanserais.
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