Idleb (إدلب) is a small city and provincial capital in the northwest of Syria. The only notable attraction in the city is its museum, which contains a nice collection of tablets from the Tel Mardikh/Ebla (تل مرديخ/ايبلا) archive. These are perhaps of specialist interest, however, as similar tablets can be seen in the museums of Damascus (دمشق) and Aleppo (حلب). The museum also contains finds from various other archaeological sites around the province. Typical of most museums in Syria, there is a collection of mosaics and larger pieces of sculpture and masonry scattered around the garden. Aside from the museum, Idleb (إدلب) only has a small historic quarter with some Ottoman and Mandate-era houses, none of which are particularly noteworthy. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant enough town to wander around if you have some free time to spend.
Getting There: Frequent microbuses travel between Idleb (إدلب) and Aleppo (حلب), and the trip takes about an hour. Although Idleb (إدلب) is a regional capital, the city itself is not a major transportation hub. It does, however, have occasional microbus connections to nearby towns such as Ariha (آريحا), Harem (حارم) and Jisr al-Shaghur (جسر الشغور) and occasional buses to Damascus (دمشق), Lattakia (اللاذقية) and Hama (حماة). Most of the historic sites around Idleb (إدلب) are more easily visited from Aleppo (حلب) and Hama (حماة).
Coordinates: 35°55’58.83″N / 36°38’30.29″E
Transliteration Variants: Idlib
Rating: (3 / 10)