Al-Kafrun

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For the village in Iran, see Kafran.
Al-Kafrun
الكفرون
Kafroun
Al-Kafrun is located in Syria
Al-Kafrun
Al-Kafrun
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°51′44″N 36°14′8″E / 34.86222°N 36.23556°E / 34.86222; 36.23556
Country  Syria
Governorate Tartus
District Safita
Subdistrict Mashta al-Helu
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 485
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Al-Kafrun (Arabic: الكفرون‎‎; also spelled Kafroun) is a Syrian village in the Tartous Governorate. It is situated in the an-Nusayriyah Mountains range at 550 metres above sea level, making it a summer resort for locals who want to escape the hot summer temperatures in the lowlands. It is about 40 miles from the major city of Homs. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Kafrun had a population of 485 in the 2004 census.[1] its inhabitants are predominantly Greek Orthodox Christians.

It is well-known in the area for the annual festival in celebration of the ascension of Mary on 15 August, held atop the Jabal al-Saideh mountain. Al-Kafrun is the birthplace of the famous Syrian singer George Wassouf.

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