Kafr Nabu

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Kafr Nabu

كفر نبو
Kafr Nabu is located in Syria
Kafr Nabu
Kafr Nabu
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 36°21′36.54″N 36°54′28.88″E / 36.3601500°N 36.9080222°E / 36.3601500; 36.9080222Coordinates: 36°21′36.54″N 36°54′28.88″E / 36.3601500°N 36.9080222°E / 36.3601500; 36.9080222
Country Syria
GovernorateAleppo Governorate
DistrictAfrin District
SubdistrictAfrin Subdistrict
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)

Kafr Nabu (Arabic: كفر نبو‎) is an ancient Syrian village in Afrin District in Aleppo Governorate. It is one of the Dead Cities in northwestern Syria.


Kafr Nabu is an Assyrian settlement of the ninth century BC, which was named after Nabu, the Mesopotamian god of literacy, the rational arts, scribes and wisdom. However, worshiping Ataratheh was prevalent in the region before shifting to Zeus when the Greeks arrived. In 398 AD, the temple in Kafr Nabu was converted to a church by Saint Maron.[1] Another chapel was inaugurated in 525 AD.[2]


  1. ^ "قرية "كفر نبو".. شاهد على حضارات متعاقبة". esyria.sy (in Arabic). 25 May 2009.
  2. ^ Hermann Wolfgang Beyer (1925). Der syrische Kirchenbau: Studien zur spätantiken Kunstgeschichte (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 37.