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Maarat Saidnaya

Maarat Saidnaya

معرة صيدنايا

Maaret Saidnaya
Maarat Saidnaya is located in Syria
Maarat Saidnaya
Maarat Saidnaya
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°40′9″N 36°22′47″E / 33.66917°N 36.37972°E / 33.66917; 36.37972
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq Governorate
DistrictAl-Tall District
(2004 census)[1]
 • Total3,084
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Maarat Saidnaya, or Maaret Saidnaya (Arabic: معرة صيدنايا‎) is a mountainous village in Al-Tall District of Damascus's Countryside Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria. It sets on the plains of the Qalamun Mountains that are overlooked by nearby city of Saidnaya at 1,200 metres (3,937.00 feet) above sea level, 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of the city of Damascus. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Maarat Saidnaya had a population of 3,084 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Melkite Catholics.[2]

Located on the mountain side at the town's outskirt, The Shrine of Mar Elias Al-Hai (Shrine of St. Elijah the Living; Arabic: مقام مار الياس الحي ; pronounced: "Deir or Makam Mar Elias Al-Hai"), is one of its most famous attractions [3]. Many people come every year to visit this Melkite Greek Catholic Church especially to celebrate St.Elijah day of 20-June.

Notably also, the Mor Ephrem Monastery, consecrated in 1996, is the residence of the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, along with a seminary of the church.


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004[permanent dead link]. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 172.
  3. ^ "Deir Mar Elias". syriaphotoguide. Retrieved 19 May 2017.