Al-Hawash, Homs Governorate
Al-Hawash (Arabic: الحواش / ALA-LC: al-Ḥwāsh) is a Greek Orthodox Christian town in northwestern Syria close to the Lebanese border and administratively belonging to the Homs Governorate. Nearby towns include al-Husn and Marmarita to the west, Shin to the east and Talkalakh to the southwest. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Hawash had a population of 4,067 in 2004. The entire population is Christian, much like most of the villages in the area.
Its location in the midst of a coniferous mountain makes it a popular and favored summer destination. Hawash is the largest village in Wadi al-Nasarah ("Valley of Christians") region. It is an important historic site and used to be a popular tourist attraction before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.
Al-Hawash is said to date to the 18th-century. Along with many other villages in the area, the earliest inhabitants of Hawash had immigrated from Lebanon and the southern Hauran plain. It has buildings built as early as the late 17th century, and it is also known that the village was part of the Phoenicia territory.