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Qadesh, Qedesh, Qetesh, Kadesh, Kedesh, Kadeš and Qades come from the common Semitic root "Q-D-Š", which means "sacred."

Qadesh and variations may refer to:


  • Kadesh or Qadesh, an ancient city of the Levant, on or near the headwaters or ford of the Orontes River
    • Tell al-Nabi Mando, also called Qadesh and adjacent to the ancient site
    • Battle of Qadesh, a battle between the forces of the Egyptian Empire under Ramesses II and the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II
  • Kedesh, an ancient Canaanite village
  • Kadesh (Israel), a location mentioned in the Hebrew Bible
  • Qades, a village in Badghis Province in north western Afghanistan
  • Qadas, a Palestinian Arab Shiite village northeast of Safad that was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war
  • Kidosht or Kadāsh, a village in Momenabad Rural District, in the Central District of Sarbisheh County, South Khorasan Province, Iran

Other uses[edit]

  • Qetesh, a Canaanite and Egyptian fertility goddess
  • Kadosh, a 1999 film by Amos Gitai
  • Qadesh, the male equivalent of Qedesha, a temple or sacred prostitute
  • Qadesh, a military unit in the Syrian Civil War that fights under the command of the Republican Guard.

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