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Kintra  Sirie
Govrenorate Rif Dimashq Govrenorate
Destrict Al-Tall Destrict
Elevation 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Time zone +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Aurie code(s) 11

Saidnaya (also transliteratit Saydnaya or Sednaya frae the Arabic: صيدنايا‎‎) is a ceety locatit in the muntains, 1500 metres (0.938 miles) abuin sea level, 27 kilometres (17 mi) north o the ceety o Damascus in Sirie an wis ane o the episcopal ceeties o the auncient Patriairchate o Antioch. Though orthographically slichtly variant wi Arabic, the spellin is consistent wi Aramaic orthography (wi nae destinction atween "sin" an "sad") o the name for "Oor Lady" an refers, amaist certainly tae the Virgin Mary, a renouned icon o whom is revered in the ceety's main kirk bi baith Christians an Muslims tae this day. The toun is notit for the lairge number o (Wastren Neo-) Aramaic speakers, alang wi nearbi Maaloula an a few smawer touns nearbi. Addin tae the meethical character o the aurie, the Hellenistic-era name for thea region centered in the Barada Valley wis Abilene an frae that name local tradition haes lang held it as the steid where the grave o Abel, slain brither o Cain, lees. Scholars consider it likely that the caipital o Abilene wis the ceety o Saidnaya.[1][2]

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  1. Vasilakē, 2005, p. 278.
  2. Garrett, 2007, p. 2-4.

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