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Type County Capital
Location 348 km to the north of Damascus city
Date & Builder Saluqos Nikator The Fourth Century B.C.

Description   Latakia is Syria's main seaport on the Mediterranean. It has retained its importance since ancient times. Saluqos Nikator named it after his mother (Laudetia). Not many ancient remains have survived in Latakia, such as the four columns and a Roman arch from the time of Septimus Severus. Latakia, the pearl of the coast blooms every year when the celebrating of Al-Mahabba Festival takes place from the second till the twelfth of August. This cultural, sportive and artistic event attracts many Arab and foreign tourists.