Muqlus or Mqlos (Arabic: مقلس‎, also spelled Mqlos, Mukloss, Muklous or Muklis) is a village in western Syria, close to the Lebanese border and administratively belonging to the governorate of Homs.

Muqlus

مقلس

Mqlos
Village
View of Muklous from a distance
View of Muklous from a distance
Nickname(s): 
Mqlos, Muklous or Mukloss
Muqlus is located in Syria
Muqlus
Muqlus
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°49′49″N 36°20′52″E / 34.83028°N 36.34778°E / 34.83028; 36.34778
Country Syria
GovernorateHoms
DistrictTalkalakh
SubdistrictHawash
Settled1st century CE
Elevation
800 m (2,600 ft)
Population
 (2004)
 • Total375
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)

It is situated in the Wadi al-Nasara ("Valley of Christians") north of Lebanon. Its small population comes originally from Lebanon's northern Christian villages. Their migration to the nearby valley in Syria began in the mid-19th century as a result of the Mount Lebanon civil war.[1]

Nearby localities include Hasour to the north, al-Nasirah to the southwest, Mazinah to the south, Shin to the southeast, Rabah to the east and Fahel to the northeast. It is located about 40 kilometers west of Homs.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Muklous had a population of 375 in the 2004 census.[2]

EtymologyEdit

The name Muklous is translated as "eye of the lion".

DemographicsEdit

Muklous had a population of 375 in 2004.[3] Its inhabitants are predominantly Greek Orthodox Christians and Alawites.[4] Expatriates from the village have settled in the Americas and Europe as well as in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf region.

EconomyEdit

Muklous' industry is mainly agriculture, including apples, olives, figs, grapes, plums, peaches and pomegranates. The village also hosts a factory producing "select vinegar" from the ground fall apples that cannot be otherwise used.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nasara Valley". Tahawolat.net. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (in Arabic)
  3. ^ General Population and Housing Census. Central Bureau of Statistics (Syria). 2004.
  4. ^ Smith, in Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd appendix, p. 182

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