Khirbet Tin Nur

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Khirbet Tin Nur
خربة تين نور
Khirbat at-Teen Nour
Town
Khirbet Tin Nur is located in Syria
Khirbet Tin Nur
Khirbet Tin Nur
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°42′2″N 36°33′26″E / 34.70056°N 36.55722°E / 34.70056; 36.55722
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs Governorate
District Homs District
Nahiyah Khirbet Tin Nur
Government
 • Mayor Ghada Abdel Karim Qasim
Elevation 530 m (1,739 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,726
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Khirbet Tin Nur (Arabic: خربة تين نور‎‎, also spelled Khirbat at-Teen Nour) is a town in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate, west of Homs. Nearby localities include Homs to the east, Qattinah to the southeast, Khirbet al-Sawda to the south, Khirbet Ghazi to the southwest, Khirbet al-Hamam to the west, Umm al-'Adam to the northwest and Khirbet Tin Mahmoud to the north. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Khirbet Tin Nur had a population of 2,726 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of a nahiyah ("sub-district") which consists of 43 localities with a combined population of 52,879 in 2004.[2] The town has a total land area of 163 hectares.[1]

The town's name, which is translated as the "Ruins of Nur's Figs," has its origins in the old part of town which was known for its abundance of fig orchards. Most of the trees have since been uprooted and today the old town is covered by shrubbery. The modern town was built southwards of the ruins.[1] In the early 1960s Khirbet Tin Nur's houses were built of basaltic lava stone.[3]

According to Swiss scholar Max van Berchem, in the early 20th-century ruins from a medieval Arab fortress were located just outside Khirbet Tin Nur.[4] Today the fortress is no longer intact.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Yazigi, Zahir. خربة التين نور بلدة التين ومئات السنين. E-Syria. 2011-02-20.
  2. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (in Arabic)
  3. ^ Boulanger, 1966, p. 355.
  4. ^ Hunyadi, p. 73.

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