Kafr Hawr

Kafr Hawr
كفر حور
Kafr Hawar
Kafr Hawr

Location in Syria

Coordinates: 33°21′00″N 35°58′00″E / 33.35000°N 35.96667°E / 33.35000; 35.96667Coordinates: 33°21′00″N 35°58′00″E / 33.35000°N 35.96667°E / 33.35000; 35.96667
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq
District Qatana
Subdistrict Sa'sa'
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 2,957
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Kafr Hawr (Arabic: كفر حور; also spelled Kafr Hawar or Kafr Hur) is a Syrian village situated 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Damascus.[2][3] According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, the village had a population of 2,957 in the 2004 census.[1]

The village is built into the side of a hill near Mount Hermon, just north of modern day Hinah, which was an ancient settlement mentioned by Ptolemy as being called Ina.[4] It sits opposite a village called Beitima across a valley through which flows the River 'Arny.[5]

Korsei el-Debb Roman temple

There is a Roman temple in the area called Korsei el-Debb that is one of a group of Temples of Mount Hermon.[6] Félicien de Saulcy suggested the temple was originally constructed entirely of white marble. A marble block was found featuring a dedication to a goddess called Hierapolis (also identified as Atargatis and Leukothea).[7][8]


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Great Britain. Naval Intelligence Division (1920). A handbook of Syria: including Palestine. H.M. Stationery Office. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  3. May M. Hourani; Charles M. Heyda; United States Board on Geographic Names; United States Defense Mapping Agency (1983). Gazetteer of Syria: names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Defense Mapping Agency. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. Sir George Adam Smith; John George Bartholomew (1915). Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land. Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. Palestine Exploration Fund (1920). Quarterly statement - Palestine Exploration Fund. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. Ted Kaizer (2008). The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East In the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. BRILL. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-90-04-16735-3. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  7. A. Chaniotis; T. Corsten; R. S. Stroud; R. A. Tybout (30 August 2006). Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum. Brill Academic Pub. ISBN 978-90-04-15508-4. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. Götz Schmitt (1995). Siedlungen Palästinas in griechisch-römischer Zeit. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag. ISBN 978-3-88226-820-1. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
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