Serghaya

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Serghaya
سرغايا
Sirghaya
Town
Serghaya is located in Syria
Serghaya
Serghaya
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°47′N 36°8′E / 33.783°N 36.133°E / 33.783; 36.133
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Al-Zabadani District
Nahiyah Serghaya
Elevation 1,446 m (4,744 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 7,501
Area code(s) 11

Serghaya or Sirghaya (Arabic سرغايا) is small town located in the Damascus countryside in south west Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Serghaya had a population of 7,501 in the 2004 census.[1]

Geography[edit]

It is 60 km from Damascus and 1,446 m above sea level. It is at the foot of the Anti-Lebanon Mountain. Serghaya has a moderate climate with a temperature that varies from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius all summer season and very cold climate with temperature varies from -5 up to 10 all winter when snow covers the land and mountain. It is connected to Damascus via Al-Zabadani and also has old rail reaches to Beirut via Riyaq (or Rayak), Bekaa. The town has very impressive vistas and fresh water resources such springs and wells.

Nearby Towns

  • West :`Utayb (3.5 nm)
  • North: Yahfufah (3.4 nm), Al Khuraybah (4.0 nm), Ma`rabun (3.4 nm)
  • East: Al `Uwayni (0.4 nm)
  • South: `Ayn al Hawr (2.2 nm)

Economy[edit]

Economy for this town is based on agricultural activities and the main crops are (Apple, Cherry, Pear, Peach and Apricot).

Etymology[edit]

It is believed that the name Serghaya has an Aramaic origin, which means horse saddle because of the shape of the valley surrounded by mountains.

There are no major archaeological remains only some caves and tombs.

It is believed that some Lebanese families originated in Serghaya such as Hellou and Hawayek

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Coordinates: 33°48′N 36°09′E / 33.800°N 36.150°E / 33.800; 36.150