Shinan, Syria

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Shinan is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°44′7″N 36°36′42″E / 35.73528°N 36.61167°E / 35.73528; 36.61167
Country Syria
GovernorateIdlib Governorate
DistrictAriha District
750 m (2,460 ft)
 (2004 census)[1]
 • Total2,025
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Shinan (Arabic: شنان‎) is a village located in the eastern side of Jebel az-Zawiya in Syria. It is located about 30 km to the south of Idlib and north-west of Maarrat al-Nu'man at a distance about 13 km in very rugged terrain. It is in the administrative district of Ariha. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Shinan had a population of 2,025 in the 2004 census.[1]


The houses are a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and early Islamic heritage and AlGhams (mud) houses that were prevalent in the late Ottoman epoch. Modern buildings are built on the sides of a valley from east to west.


Shnan village contains many archaeological sites belonging mostly to the Romans and Byzantines. Umm Serfos was a station for the caravans that went from Ebla to Ugarit. Its impacts are visible in a highland area west of the village. It operates as a summer resort because it remains cool in the summer and offers a beautiful view to Eastern region of the village.

The village contains many Roman tombs carved in the rock and hidden in caves. It also contains a plate carved in the rock with a painting of Nero, with a lion and a young girl.


The primary occupation is agriculture, despite the severe ruggedness of its terrain. A main crop is apricot trees. Production reached more than 75 tons of apricots in 2008.


The village hosts two schools for basic education (first cycle and second cycle), a branch for Consumption (Cooperative) Society, a mosque, a pharmacy. Electricity, water and telephone services are present.


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Idlib Governorate. Archived at [1]. (in Arabic)

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