Tartous forms the southern part of the western Syrian seafront, many island strew in front of it, the most important being the “Arwad" island, or "Arados" according to historical sources.
It was a Phoenician ancient city, named "Tourosa" as evidenced by its many scattered remains.
Area and population:
Tartous extends on 1,892 km2, with about 797,000 inhabitants according to the last statistic conducted in 2010.
Tartous’ importance and landmarks:
Tartous has an important economic and strategic location, compared with other Syrian governorates and neighboring countries. It is also distinguished by its close location to petroleum estuaries. Also, its harbor and Latakia’s harbor are considered the main Syrian gateways to the outside world. Tartous has a rich history which is evidenced by its discovered remains and monuments.
The most important monuments are Tartous’ castle tower which forms its main waterfront, in addition to the three walls of the city, and the Church of the Knights Templars. There is also the Cathedral of Marry which became the city’s museum, containing a large number of remains from different civilizations that passed by.
In another place the unique Omrit temple which is carved in rocks and surrounded by water, standing as a witness to the history of the famous archeological city, beside the remains of its sports court – the stadium – that could accommodate around 12.000 persons, and dated back to the 6th Century B.C.
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Tartous, Al-Khrab, facing the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Lady
Office 2: Tartous, Al-Barania, behind the customs’ fence.