Harbiye, Antakya

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IMG 0221 Harbiye - Hatay province - Turkey.jpg
Harbiye is located in Turkey
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
ProvinceHatay Province
DistrictAntakya (Capital of Hatay Province)
 • BodyHarbiye Municipality
Elevation240 m (780 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total25,118
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code(s)0326

Harbiye (Ancient Greek: Dàphne, Δάφνη; in Arabic دفنه or Harbiyat, حربيات) is a town in Hatay Province, Turkey


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 (formerly known as Orontes) with an average altitude of 240 metres (790 ft) The population was 25,118 as of 2012 and it is higher than most other towns.[1]


Dàphne (Δάφνη in Greek) was a resort port-town during Seleucid Empire, famous for waterfalls, daphnes, and residence buildings. However, it was also famous for earthquakes; many ancients buildings were demolished during big earthquakes.[2]


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