Ancient City of Aleppo Aleppo Citadel • The entrance to al-Madina Souq Great Mosque of Aleppo • Baron Hotel Saint Elijah Cathedral • Queiq River Panorama of Aleppo at night
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Al-Shahbaa (الشهباء)[note 1]
Aleppo is located in Aleppo
Location of Aleppo in Syria
Aleppo is located in Syria
Aleppo (Syria)
Coordinates: 36°13′N 37°10′E / 36°13′N 37°10′E / 36.217; 37.167
Country Syria
GovernorateAleppo Governorate
DistrictMount Simeon (Jabal Semaan)
First settled5000 BC
First city council1868
 • GovernorAhmad Hussein Diyab
 • MayorMaad al-Madlaji
 • Total190 km2 (70 sq mi)
379 m (1,243 ft)
(2018 est.)
 • Total1,850,000
DemonymsArabic: حلبي Ḥalabi
English: Aleppine[2]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code(s)Country code: 963
City code: 21
Sources: Aleppo city area[3] Sources: City population[4][5][6]
Official nameAncient City of Aleppo
Criteriaiii, iv
Designated1986 (10th 21
State PartySyria
RegionArab States

Aleppo (/; Arabic: ﺣَﻠَﺐ‎ / ALA-LC: Ḥalab, IPA: [ˈħalab]) is a city in Syria, serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate.[7] With an official population of 4.6 million in 2010,[8] Aleppo was the largest Syrian city before the Syrian Civil War; however, now Aleppo is probably the second-largest city in Syria after the capital Damascus.

Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world; it may have been inhabited since the 6th millennium BC.[9] Excavations at Tell as-Sawda and Tell al-Ansari, just south of the old city of Aleppo, show that the area was occupied by Amorites since at least the latter part of the 3rd millennium BC.[10] This is also when Aleppo is first mentioned in cuneiform tablets unearthed in Ebla and Mesopotamia, in which it is a part of the Amorite state of Yamhad, and is noted for its commercial and military proficiency.[11] 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).

For centuries, Aleppo was the largest city in the Syrian region, and the Ottoman Empire's third-largest after Constantinople and Cairo.[12][13][14] 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, Antakya and İskenderun, 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. The Battle of Aleppo (2012–2016) occurred in the city during the Syrian Civil War, and many parts of the city suffered massive destruction.[15] Affected parts of the city are currently undergoing reconstruction.[16][17]


Modern-day English-speakers commonly refer to the city as Aleppo. It was known in antiquity as Khalpe, Khalibon, and to the Greeks and Romans as Beroea (Βέροια).[18] During the Crusades, and again during the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon of 1923–1946, the name Alep was used. Aleppo represents the Italianised version of this.

The original ancient name, Halab, has survived as the current Arabic name of the city. It is of obscure origin. However, the term Ḥalab might be derived from (Hebrew: חלב‎, lit. 'milk') related to a folktale of Abraham, who milked his sheep to feed the poor.[19] Others have proposed that Ḥalab means "iron" or "copper" in Amorite languages, since the area served as a major source of these metals in antiquity.[20] Another possibility is that Ḥalab means 'white', as this is the word for 'white' in Aramaic, the local language which preceded regional Arabization. This may explain how Ḥalab became the Hebrew word for milk or vice versa, as well as offers a possible explanation for the modern-day Arabic nickname of the city, ash-Shahbaa (Arabic: الشهباء‎), which means "the white-colored mixed with black" and allegedly derives from the famous white marble of Aleppo.[21]

From the 11th century it was common rabbinic usage to apply the term "Aram-Zobah" to the area of Aleppo, and many Syrian Jews continue to do so.

Other Languages
Acèh: Halab
Afrikaans: Aleppo
አማርኛ: ሐለብ
العربية: حلب
asturianu: Alepu
Avañe'ẽ: Alepo
авар: ХӀалаб
azərbaycanca: Hələb
تۆرکجه: حلب
বাংলা: আলেপ্পো
Bân-lâm-gú: Aleppo
беларуская: Халеб
Bikol Central: Aleppo
български: Халеб
bosanski: Halep
brezhoneg: Aleppo
буряад: Халеб
català: Alep
Чӑвашла: Алеппо
čeština: Aleppo
Cymraeg: Aleppo
dansk: Aleppo
Deutsch: Aleppo
eesti: Aleppo
Ελληνικά: Χαλέπι
español: Alepo
Esperanto: Alepo
euskara: Alepo
فارسی: حلب
français: Alep
Frysk: Aleppo
Gaeilge: Aleppo
galego: Alepo
한국어: 알레포
հայերեն: Հալեպ
हिन्दी: हलब
hrvatski: Alep
Ido: Aleppo
Bahasa Indonesia: Aleppo
interlingua: Aleppo
Interlingue: Aleppo
Ирон: Алеппо
íslenska: Aleppó
italiano: Aleppo
עברית: חלב (עיר)
Basa Jawa: Aleppo
kalaallisut: Aleppo
ქართული: ალეპო
қазақша: Алеппо
Kinyarwanda: Alepo
Kiswahili: Aleppo
kurdî: Heleb
Latina: Halapia
latviešu: Haleba
lietuvių: Alepas
Limburgs: Aleppo
magyar: Aleppó
മലയാളം: അലെപ്പോ
मराठी: अलेप्पो
მარგალური: ალეპო
مصرى: حلب
Bahasa Melayu: Aleppo
монгол: Халеб хот
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အယ်လက်ပိုမြို့
Nederlands: Aleppo (stad)
日本語: アレッポ
нохчийн: Хьалаб
norsk: Aleppo
norsk nynorsk: Aleppo
occitan: Alèp
олык марий: Халеб
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Halab
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਹਲਬ
پنجابی: حلب
پښتو: حلب
polski: Aleppo
português: Alepo
română: Alep
Runa Simi: Aleppo
русский: Алеппо
Scots: Aleppo
shqip: Halepi
sicilianu: Aleppu
Simple English: Aleppo
slovenčina: Halab
slovenščina: Alep
ślůnski: Aleppo
Soomaaliga: Xalab
српски / srpski: Алеп
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Alep
suomi: Aleppo
svenska: Aleppo
Tagalog: Aleppo
தமிழ்: அலெப்போ
Taqbaylit: Ḥaleb
татарча/tatarça: Хәлеб
тоҷикӣ: Ҳалаб
Türkçe: Halep
українська: Алеппо
اردو: حلب
Tiếng Việt: Aleppo
Winaray: Aleppo
ייִדיש: ארם צובא
粵語: 阿勒坡
Zazaki: Heleb
中文: 阿勒颇