Homs Governorate

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Homs Governorate
مُحافظة حمص

Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
Coordinates (Homs): 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3Coordinates: 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3
Country Syria
Capital Homs
Manatiq (Districts) 7
  Governor Talal Barazi
  Total 42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi)
  Estimates range between 42,223 km² and 42,226 km²
Population (2011)
  Total 1,803,000
  Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code SY-HO
Main language(s) Arabic

Homs Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حمص / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥimṣ) is one of the fourteen muhafazat (governorates or provinces) of Syria. It is situated in central Syria. Its area differs in various sources, from 40,940 km2 (15,807 sq mi)[1] to 42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi).[2] It is thus geographically the largest governorate of Syria. Homs Governorate has a population of 1,763,000 (2010 estimate). The Homs governorate is divided into 6 administrative districts (mantiqah). Homs is the capital city of the district of Homs. Its governor is Talal al-Barazi.[3]

A Homs Governorate also formed part of Ottoman Syria, when it was also known as the Sanjak of Homs.


The governorate is divided into 7 districts (manatiq):

The districts are further divided into 25 sub-districts (nawahi).


In the Al-Mukharram District lives predomently Alawites. The Taldou District, Talkalakh District, Homs District and Al-Qusayr District have a mixed Alawites, Sunni Muslims and Christians population. In the Al-Qusayr District lives also many Shia Muslims.

See also


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