Aleppo Tourism, Syria

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Aleppo (/əˈlɛpoʊ/; Arabic: ﺣﻠﺐ‎‎ / ALA-LC: Ḥalab, IPA: [ˈħalab]) is a city in Syria close to the Turkish border, serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate. For centuries, Aleppo was the Syrian region's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third-largest, after Constantinople and Cairo. With an official population of 2,132,100 (2004 census), it was Syria's largest city and also one of the largest cities in the Levant before the advent of the Syrian Civil War. Aleppo is an ancient metropolis, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world; it may have been inhabited since the 6th millennium BC. Excavations at Tell as-Sawda and Tell al-Ansari, just south of the old city of Aleppo, show that the area was occupied since at least the latter part of the 3rd millennium BC; and this is also when Aleppo is first mentioned in cuneiform tablets unearthed in Ebla and Mesopotamia, in which it is noted for its commercial and military proficiency. Such a long history is attributed to its strategic location as a trading center midway between the Mediterranean Sea and Mesopotamia (i.e. modern Iraq). The city's significance in history has been its location at one end of the Silk Road, which passed through central Asia and Mesopotamia. When the Suez Canal was inaugurated in 1869, trade was diverted to sea and Aleppo began its slow decline. At the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, Aleppo ceded its northern hinterland to modern Turkey, as well as the important railway connecting it to Mosul. In the 1940s it lost its main access to the sea, Antioch and Alexandretta, also to Turkey. Finally, the isolation of Syria in the past few decades further exacerbated the situation. This decline may have helped to preserve the old city of Aleppo, its medieval architecture and traditional heritage. It won the title of the "Islamic Capital of Culture 2006", and has had a wave of successful restorations of its historic landmarks. Since the Battle of Aleppo started in 2012, the city has suffered massive destruction, and has been the worst-hit city in the Syrian civil war. It is currently split between the (government-held) Western part of Syria and the rebel-held east.

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Facts and Stats for Aleppo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Aleppo

    Know the pollution level of Aleppo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 83.33 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Aleppo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Aleppo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aleppo.

    • Burglary and Theft 72.62 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 63.1 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 71.25 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 67.5 (High)
    • Car Stealing 60.71 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 68.75 (High)
    • Drug offense 48.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 33.33 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 28.57 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 70 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 72.5 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.74 (High)
  • Living in Aleppo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Aleppo is 44.24 (Very Low)

    • Safety Index 32.71 (Low)
    • Climate Index 90.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 75.29 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 51.5 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 20.67 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 77.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 60.12 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 12.19 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Aleppo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Aleppo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.52 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 22.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 12.24 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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