Harbiye, Antakya

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Harbiye
Town
IMG 0221 Harbiye - Hatay province - Turkey.jpg
Harbiye is located in Turkey
Harbiye
Harbiye
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°07′N 36°08′E / 36.117°N 36.133°E / 36.117; 36.133Coordinates: 36°07′N 36°08′E / 36.117°N 36.133°E / 36.117; 36.133
Country  Turkey
Province Hatay Province
District Antakya (Capital of Hatay Province)
Government
 • Body Harbiye Municipality
Elevation 240 m (780 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 25,001
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 0326

Harbiye (Classical Daphne in Arabic دفنه or Harbiyat حربيات) is a town in Hatay Province, Turkey

Geography[edit]

Midtown Harbiye is about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of Antakya, the administrative center of Hatay Province at 36°07′50″N 36°08′40″E / 36.13056°N 36.14444°E / 36.13056; 36.14444. It is situated in the valley of Asi (classical Orontes) with an average altitude of 240 metres (790 ft) The population is 25001 (as of 2011) and it is higher than most other towns.[1]

History[edit]

Daphne was a resort town during Seleucid Empire, famous for waterfalls, daphnes, and residence buildings. However, it was also famous for earthquakes and the ancients buildings were demolished during big earthquakes.[2]

Economy[edit]

Main economic activity is domestic tourism; hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops etc. The town is proud of the Daphne mitology.[3] There is also a minor silk industry. On the other hand, owing to closeness some Harbiye residents work in Antakya.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Institute page
  2. ^ A page from the mayor of Antakya (Turkish)
  3. ^ Antakya TV page (Turkish)