Kurdish: شەقڵاوە

View from a Down town

Shaqlawa in Iraq

Coordinates: 36°24′20″N 44°19′15″E / 36.40556°N 44.32083°E / 36.40556; 44.32083Coordinates: 36°24′20″N 44°19′15″E / 36.40556°N 44.32083°E / 36.40556; 44.32083
Country  Iraq
Autonomous region  Kurdistan[1]
Province Arbil Province
  Governor Nawzad Hadi
  Total 25,000

Shaqlawa (Kurdish: Şeqlawe , شەقڵاوە , Arabic: شقلاوة) is a historic city and a Hill station in the Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Shaqlawa, a city of approximately 25,000 people, lies 51 km to the northeast of Erbil, at the bottom of Safeen Mountain. Shaqlawa is situated between Safeen Mountain and Sork Mountain, and sits 1066 m above sea level. The town is inhabited mostly by Kurds, with a small Assyrian minority. Due to its cool summer weather, Shaqlawa is visited annually by thousands of tourists from other parts of Iraq.[2]


Shaqlawa's citizens are Muslims and Christians, where both have been living together for more than a decade. Shaqlawa is mostly known for the grave of St. Boya, on the top of Shaqlawa's mountain. Assyrians from several Kurdish regions visit St. Boya's grave and enjoy Shaqlawa's beautiful weather.


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