Aleppo in Syria is the second largest city and former Capital (Now Damascus). Significant as the end of the Maritime Silk Road, once the Suez Canal was inaugurated in 1869, trade was diverted to sea and Aleppo began its slow decline, and saw the rise of Damascus. After losing land after the First World War to Turkey, it became a French territory in 1920. Independence was declared in 1946, and when President Hafez al-Assad gained power in 1970 he relied on support from the business class in Damascus furthering its importance and ultimately stripping Aleppo of the cultural and economic capital of Syria. Unfortunately the city was devastated during the Battle of Aleppo, in Civil War with an estimated 31,000 fatalities. Aleppo has since been named the capital of Islamic Culture.

Aleppo is also a chilli, given its name due to where it grows. Aleppo Pepper (or Halaby Peppers) are found and grown in the Middle East. You may recognise the name from the Yorks menu! Although commonly used in the Middle East, its use outside of Armenian, Syrian and Turkish immigrant communities was rare up until the early 20th century.

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Aleppo CHilli  

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SOunds of Syria

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Maritime SILK Road

Explore the fascinating history behind the city and its significance in the Silk Maritime Roads.