Baniyas is a city of northwestern Syria, located at the foot of the hill of Qalaat el-Marqab (housign the Crusade castle of Marqab, Margat in western sources), 55 km to the south of Latakia (ancient Laodicea) and 35 km north of Tartous (ancient Tortosa), and a Catholic titular see under the Latin name of Balanea, which is presently vacant. It is famous for its orchards and its export of wood. More information...
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