Homs Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حمص / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥimṣ) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in central Syria. Its area differs in various sources, from 40,940 km2 (15,807 sq mi) to 42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi). It is thus geographically the largest governorate of Syria. Homs Governorate has a population of 1,763,000 (2010 estimate). The Homs governorate is divided into 6 administrative districts (mantiqah), with the city of Homs as a separate district. Homs is the capital city of the district of Homs. Its governor is Talal al-Barazi.
Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
|Coordinates (Homs): Coordinates:|
|• Governor||Talal Barazi|
|• Total||42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi)|
|Estimates range between 42,223 km² and 42,226 km²|
|• Density||43/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||SY-HO|
A Homs Governorate also formed part of Ottoman Syria, when it was also known as the Sanjak of Homs.
The districts are further divided into 25 sub-districts (nawahi).
The Al-Mukharram District is predominantly inhabited by Alawites. The Taldou, Talkalakh, Homs and Al-Qusayr districts have a mixed Alawite, Sunni Muslim and Christian population. The Al-Qusayr District is also home to a large number of Shia Muslims.
- "Syria Provinces".
- "Syria: Governorates, Major Cities & Localities - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts".
- Zwaan, Irene de (7 April 2014). "Pater Frans van der Lugt doodgeschoten in Homs - Burgeroorlog in Syrië - VK". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2014.