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A collage of Jableh.
جبلة الروح
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Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°21′N35°55′E / 35.350°N 35.917°E / 35.350; 35.917 Coordinates: 35°21′N35°55′E / 35.350°N 35.917°E / 35.350; 35.917
Country Syria
Governorate Latakia Governorate
District Jableh District
Nahiyah Jableh
16 m (52 ft)
Demonym(s) Arabic: جبلاوي, translit.  Jablawi
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Geocode C3585

Jableh (Arabic : جبلة; Ǧabla, also spelt Jebleh, Jabala, Jablah, Gabala or Gibellum) is a coastal city on the Mediterranean in Syria, [1] 25 km (16 mi) north of Baniyas and 25 km (16 mi) south of Latakia, with c. 80,000 inhabitants (2008). As Ancient Gabala it was a Byzantine (arch)bishopric and remains a Latin Catholic titular see. It contains the tomb and mosque of Ibrahim Bin Adham, a legendary Sufi mystic who renounced his throne of Balkh and devoted himself to prayers for the rest of his life. [2]

Syria Country in Western Asia

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Latakia City in Latakia Governorate, Syria

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The Roman theater of Jableh Jableh 2.jpg
The Roman theater of Jableh

Jableh has been inhabited since at least the second millennium BCE. [3] The city was part of the Ugaritic kingdom and was mentioned as "Gbʿly" in the archives of the city c. 1200 BC. [4] In antiquity Jableh (then called Gabala) was an important Hellenistic and then Roman city. One of the main remains of this period is a theatre, capable of housing c. 7,000 spectators. Near the seashores even older remains were found dating to the Iron Age or Phoenician Era.

Ugarit archaeological site in Syria

Ugarit was an ancient port city in northern Syria, in the outskirts of modern Latakia, discovered by accident in 1928 together with the Ugaritic texts. Its ruins are often called Ras Shamra after the headland where they lie.

Roman theatre (structure) theatre building built in ancient Roman time

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In the medieval period, Jableh was part of the Principality of Antioch, one of the Crusader States, until it was captured by Saladin in 1189 during the Third Crusade. One famous resident was Hugh of Jabala, the city's bishop, who reported the fall of Edessa to Pope Eugene III, and was the first person to speak of Prester John.

Principality of Antioch former country

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Third Crusade attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin

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Less than 1 kilometer from the city centre lies the ancient site of Gibala, today known as Tell Tweini. This city was inhabited from the third millennium BCE until the Persian period.

Tell Tweini village in Syria

Tell Tweini, sometimes known as Gibala, is a 12 hectare archaeological site located 1 kilometre east of the modern city of Jableh, Syria. It is situated within the coastal plain of Jableh, a short distance of two other main archaeological sites: Tell Sukas (5 km) and Tell Siyannu (6 km). As a tell, the site is the result of centuries of habitation on the same place, which resulted in a rising mound, as every new generation built their houses on top of the remains of older structures. The tell is sited about 1.7 kilometers from the coast but it appears that in the Bronze Age a sea incursion provided a harbor access to the sea.

On May 23, 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for four suicide bombings in Jableh, which had remained largely unaffected since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011. Purportedly targeting Alawite gatherings, the bombs killed over a hundred people. In Tartus, similarly insulated, another three bombers killed 48 people. [5]

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Tartus Place in Tartus Governorate, Syria

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The majority of people in Jableh depend on agriculture for their life, people grow orange and lemon trees, olives, a large number of green houses for vegetables can be found in the country side. In the center of the city people work in trade and there are small factories in the city for cottons and for making orange juice.

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Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, is a Syrian poet, essayist and translator who is considered one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era. He led a modernist revolution in the second half of the 20th century, "exerting a seismic influence" on Arabic poetry comparable to T.S. Eliot's in the anglophone world.

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Mujahid, teacher, Imam

Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam was a Syrian Muslim preacher, and a leader in the local struggles against British and French Mandatory rule in the Levant, and a militant opponent of Zionism in the 1920s and 1930s.


Jableh Sporting Club is a football (soccer) club based in Jableh, playing in the Al-Baath Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 10,000.


Jableh has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa).

Climate data for Jableh
Average high °C (°F)12.8
Daily mean °C (°F)10.1
Average low °C (°F)7.3
Average precipitation mm (inches)159
Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm)141211841112691281
Source #1: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/jableh-weather-averages/al-ladhiqiyah/sy.aspx
Source #2: http://en.climate-data.org/location/47687/

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