Location in Syria

Coordinates: 35°22′11″N 36°22′48″E / 35.36972°N 36.38000°E / 35.36972; 36.38000Coordinates: 35°22′11″N 36°22′48″E / 35.36972°N 36.38000°E / 35.36972; 36.38000
Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Al-Suqaylabiyah
Subdistrict Al-Suqaylabiyah
Elevation 220 m (720 ft)
Population (2004)
  Total 17,313
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Al-Suqaylabiyah (Arabic: السقيلبيه As Suqailabiya) is an Eastern Orthodox Christian Syrian city administratively belonging to Hama Governorate. Al-Suqaylabiyah is located at a height of 220 meters above sea level. According to the 2004 official census, the town has a population of 17,313.


The name goes back to the ancient Seleucia ad Belum, a town of Hellenistic foundation that was located almost at the same place. The site was given up during the Middle Ages and repopulated at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1860 local Bedouin tribes attacked al-Suqaylabiyah.[1]


  1. Douwes, 2000, p. 38.


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