Al-Kafrun

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Kafroun
الكفرون
Kafroun is located in Syria
Kafroun
Kafroun
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°51′N 36°14′E / 34.850°N 36.233°E / 34.850; 36.233
Country  Syria
Governorate Tartous Governorate
District Safita District
Nahiyah Mashta al-Helu
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 2,115
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Kafroun or Al-Kafroun (Arabic الكفرون) is a Greek Orthodox Christian Syrian town in the Tartous Governorate. It is situated about 40 miles from the major city of Hims in the An-Nusayriyah Mountains range at 550 metres above sea level, making it a summer resort for locals who want to escape the hot summer temperatures in the lowlands. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Kafrun had a population of 485 in the 2004 census.[1]

It is famous for the annual festival in celebration of the ascension of Mary on August 15, held atop the mountain, Jabal Al-Saideh.

Kafroun is the birthplace of the famous Syrian singer George Wassouf.

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