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City planners and conservationists in ancient towns worldwide grapple with the competing pursuits of conservation, city layout, and fiscal and social improvement. This ebook deals an interdisciplinary method of the major relationships among history conservation, urban area layout, and tourism improvement in historical towns, linking conception and perform in a distinct means. The booklet bargains an research of 3 heart japanese old towns, Aleppo, Acre and Salt, all of which face major demanding situations of background conservation, version to modern wishes, and tourism improvement. It provides useful eventualities for the conservation and layout of old city areas and the improvement of sustainable tourism, from the point of view of planners, neighborhood groups and foreign tourists.The writer bargains a comparative method which transcends political strife and offers helpful classes for the opposite towns inscribed on UNESCO's global historical past checklist, specially these in constructing international locations.

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These fortifications were meant to ward off the ambitions of the Crusaders in the areas east of the River Jordan. At the time, Ajlūn was the more important centre and continued to be so throughout the later Islamic periods, while al-Salt remained the smaller town that contained only one main masjid al-jāmi‘ and the famous al-Madrasah al-Sayfiyah. , 2000). Although the Ayyūbids, and later the Mamlūks who ruled between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries subsequently rebuilt the citadel, al-Salt’s population dwindled to only 2,500 inhabitants from the Mamlūk period until the first half of the Ottoman period, which lasted from 1517 until 1918 (Royal Scientific Society, 1990a, Royal Scientific Society, 1990b).

As early as the eighteenth century, Western visitors to Aleppo perceived it as an attractive and pleasant place (Davis, 1967) and described it as ‘the prettiest town in the Turkish Empire’ (Hasselquist, 1766: 398). In 1743, Perry offered a more detailed portrayal, describing Aleppo as: … a pretty large and well-built city; and though remote from the sea, is second to few others, except Damascus, for the beauty and advantage of situations. Its houses in common are large, built with a handsome sort of stone, and in a good taste.

Historic Urban Landscapes: World Heritage and the Contradictions of Tourism 9 historic urban landscapes, of urban conservation and rehabilitation, contemporary urban design and tourism development. Specifically, this book offers insights on the processes of place-making and place experience from the perspectives of the planners and policy-makers, the local inhabitants and the international tourists. This book is divided into three parts. As a preamble to the subsequent parts on place-making and place experience, Part I provides the context for the contemporary plans and projects whereby Chapter 2 offers the historic context through an historic and morphological overview of the three case study cities.

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