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Chalcis, Syria

Qinnasrin (Arabic: قنسرين‎, Syriac: ܩܢܫܪܝܢ; Qinnašrīn, Latin: Chalcis ad Bellum, also rendered Qinshren, Qinnashrin, Qenneshren), was a historical town in northern Syria. It gained fame as an important religious and cultural centre of Syriac Christians before the coming of Islamic conquests. The ancient Chalcis was the birthplace of 3rd century Neoplatonist philosopher Iamblichus and Rabbula, a bishop of Edessa from 411 to August 435.

The town was situated 25 km south west of Aleppo on the west bank of the Queiq River and was connected to Aleppo with a major road during the Roman times. It became an important centre for Syriac Christianity and was known with its school of theology and monastery.

The town became a military outpost when it was taken by Arabs, and was eventually deserted. Its ruins lie under the modern Syrian village of Hadith.

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Coordinates: 35°59′55″N 36°59′53″E / 35.99861°N 36.99806°E / 35.99861; 36.99806

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