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Sahnaya is located in Syria
Coordinates: 33°25′27″N 36°13′28″E / 33.42417°N 36.22444°E / 33.42417; 36.22444
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Darayya District
Nahiyah Sahnaya
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 13,993
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Sahnaya (Arabic: صحنايا‎, lso spelled Sihnaya) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located southwest of Damascus in the western Ghouta. Nearby localities include Ashrafiyat Sahnaya, Darayya, Muadamiyat al-Sham, Jdeidat Artouz, Khan Danun and Al-Kiswah. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Sahnaya had a population of 13,993 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is also the administrative center of the Sahnaya nahiyah consisting of two towns with a combined population of 44,512.[1]


Sahnaya's residents are predominantly Druze and Greek Orthodox. The cavern of St. Paul near the town was supposedly the hiding place of Paul the Apostle when he was pursued in Damascus.[2]

Geography and population[edit]

Sahnaya has a rural population and a hot climate. Most houses are simple; they are mostly made of rock. Because it is located in Damascus, one of the oldest cities in the world, it's quite worn down and austere in appearance. Its population is dominantly Muslim. However, it does have some churches.


  1. ^ a b c General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Burckhard, 1822, p. 48.