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Aleppo's Armenian Community

Nearly a century ago, ethnic Armenians fleeing mass killings by Ottoman-era Turks sought shelter in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. In the decades to come, they evolved into one of the cosmopolitan city's most vibrant and prosperous minority communities, working in trade, education, medicine, and carpentry.

An Armenian camp in Aleppo in the 1920s
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An Armenian camp in Aleppo in the 1920s

The courtyard of Aleppo's Ottoman barracks, converted into a reception center for Armenians fleeing the mass killings that took place in Armenia during WWI (probably late 1918)
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The courtyard of Aleppo's Ottoman barracks, converted into a reception center for Armenians fleeing the mass killings that took place in Armenia during WWI (probably late 1918)

Armenian deportees in the barracks' refugee camp (undated)
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Armenian deportees in the barracks' refugee camp (undated)

The Armenian hospital in Aleppo in 1920
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The Armenian hospital in Aleppo in 1920

The northern districts of Aleppo in 1936. Refugees’ shacks appear in the foreground with newly built urban housing in the background.
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The northern districts of Aleppo in 1936. Refugees’ shacks appear in the foreground with newly built urban housing in the background.

The courtyard of Aleppo's Armenian orphanage (undated)
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The courtyard of Aleppo's Armenian orphanage (undated)

Apprentice Armenian shoemakers in Aleppo's Giligian orphanage and vocational school in 1923
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Apprentice Armenian shoemakers in Aleppo's Giligian orphanage and vocational school in 1923

Apprentice embroiderers at Aleppo's Armenian orphanage in 1923
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Apprentice embroiderers at Aleppo's Armenian orphanage in 1923

Armenian neighborhoods in Aleppo in the 1930s
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Armenian neighborhoods in Aleppo in the 1930s

Pupils from the Armenian school in Aleppo's Nor Klugh neighborhood (1937-38)
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Pupils from the Armenian school in Aleppo's Nor Klugh neighborhood (1937-38)

An Armenian church and school in Aleppo in 1936
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An Armenian church and school in Aleppo in 1936

The soccer team of the Armenian General Benevolent Union in Aleppo (1929-30)
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The soccer team of the Armenian General Benevolent Union in Aleppo (1929-30)

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