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What Is Aleppo? 3 Interesting Facts About Aleppo

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Bab al-Faraj Clock Tower | Photo by Charles hajj

Aleppo is the largest city in Syria before the civil war and one of the most consistently inhabited city in the world right from the ancient times. Aleppo is serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, and the Aleppo Governorate is the most populous Syrian Governorate. Lets take a look at the some of the interesting facts about Aleppo.

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Syria is a unitary state, but for administrative purposes, the country is divided into fourteen Governorates of which Aleppo is one of them.

Population: 2.302 million (2005) before the civil war.

Number of airports: 1

Colleges and Universities: University of Aleppo, More

Neighborhoods: Ancient City of Aleppo, Hellok

Area: 73.36 mi²

Top 3 Interesting Facts About Aleppo You Never Knew About

There some of the amazing and interesting facts about Aleppo you need to know. Here we isolate three of these important facts about the city.

1. Battered And Destroyed

Since the Battle of Aleppo started in 2012, the city has suffered massive destruction, and has been the worst-hit city in the civil war. It is currently split between the government-held west and the ISIS-held east of the city.

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People inspect the damage at Al Quds hospital in Aleppo

It is currently the site for the one of the greatest human disaster in the recent history. Aleppo is currently a no go area for tourists and vacationers as the city has been completely torn apart.

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This is not the first time the city has been ravaged by wars or natural disasters. On 9 August 1138, a deadly earthquake ravaged the city and the surrounding area. Although estimates from this time are very skeptical, it is believed that 230,000 people died, making it the seventh deadliest earthquake in recorded history.

2. Aleppo Is The Third Largest City

Aleppo was the Ottoman Empire's third-largest city, after Constantinople and Cairo. The city is noted for its commercial and military proficiency due to the strategic location of the city.

3. USA Presidential Candidate Did Not Know Aleppo

Despite its place in history and the Syrian civil war currently ravaging the city, a USA Presidential candidate still did not know a city called Aleppo.

When asked what he would do about Aleppo, the city at the center of the Syrian's civil war and refugee crisis, the Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson responded by asking, "what is Aleppo?"

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