Al-Qastal, Syria

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Al-Qastal
القسطل
Village
Al-Qastal is located in Syria
Al-Qastal
Al-Qastal
Coordinates: 33°55′32″N 36°41′45″E / 33.92556°N 36.69583°E / 33.92556; 36.69583
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District An-Nabek District
Nahiyah An-Nabek
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 3,486
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Qastal (Arabic: القسطل‎) is a village in southern Syria, administratively part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located on the northeast of Damascus, on the ancient caravan route to Homs and Aleppo, in the Qalamoun Mountains. Nearby localities include Yabroud, an-Nabek, al-Sahel and Deir Atiyah to the north, ar-Ruhaybah, Jayroud, al-Dumayr and al-Qutayfah to the south, and Ma'loula, Assal al-Ward and Hosh Arab to the southwest. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Qastal had a population of 3,486 in the 2004 census.[1]

History[edit]

Al-Qastal was visited by Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi in the early 13th-century, during Ayyubid rule. He noted that it was "a place between Hims and Damascus where the caravans stop. It is said to be the name of the Kurah (or district)."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 483.

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