Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°55′N 36°19′E / 35.917°N 36.317°E / 35.917; 36.317
Country Syria
DistrictJisr al-Shugur
450 m (1,480 ft)
 (2004 census)[1]
 • Total587
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Al-Qunaya (Arabic: القنية‎, Syriac: ܩܢܙܐ, al-Knaya, also spelled Quniya) is a village in northwestern Syria, administratively belonging to the Idlib Governorate, located northwest of Idlib, 35 km north of Jisr ash-Shugur, and is in between Lattakia (90 km (56 mi)) and Aleppo ( 120 km (75 mi)). Al-Qunaya is situated 450 meters (1476 ft) above sea level. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Qunaya had a population of 587 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Christians.[2]


Nearby localities include Kafr Dibbin (Hamama) to the east, Zarzur, Amud, and Darkush to the northeast, Yakubiyah, Judaida to the west and Jisr al-Shughur to the south.

Town climate is Mediterranean, whereas the winter is cold, rainy, snowy at times; the summer is warm.


Some sources indicate that the current name of the village is derived from :


Some archaeological artifacts date back to 2000 BC There is an ancient church in the village cemetery of the Church of St.Kiprianos from the fifth century AD.

Missionaries of the Franciscan Fathers (the Holy Land Rangers) (From Latin Catholic) came to the village in 1878 and built a church, Monastery, clinic and the first Arabic school in northwestern Syria, they re-built the church in 1885 and the current church dates to 1932.

Postal Service began in 1927 and the telephone arrived to the village in 1929. The municipality was established in 1932 and electricity came to the village in 1935 and the customs in 1937.

In January 2013, during the ongoing Syrian civil war, al-Qunaya and the nearby Christian-inhabited villages of Yakubiyah and Judaida were captured by anti-government rebels.[2]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004 Archived 2013-02-06 at the Wayback Machine. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Idlib Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ a b Hubbard, Ben. Civil war gives Syrian minorities no clear option. Yahoo News. Originally published by Associated Press. 2013-03-07.