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Homs
حمص
Ḥimṣ
Homs city landmarks Al Shuhadaa Square and The Old Clock Tower  • The New Clock Tower Square  • Al Dablan Street  • Krak des Chevaliers  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Stadium  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque  • The New Clock Tower  • City landscape from Rooftops
Homs city landmarks
Al Shuhadaa Square and The Old Clock Tower  • The New Clock Tower Square  • Al Dablan Street  • Krak des Chevaliers  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Stadium  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque  • The New Clock Tower  • City landscape from Rooftops
Nickname(s): The city of Ibn al-Walid
Location in Syria
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs Governorate
District Homs District
Settled 2000 BCE
Area
 • City 48 km2 (19 sq mi)
 • Urban 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
 • Metro 104 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 501 m (1,644 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • City 652,609
 • Metro 750,501
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 31
Website http://www.homscitycouncil.org.sy

Homs (Arabic: حمص Ḥimṣ) is the third largest city in Syria. It used to be called Emesa (Greek: Ἔμεσα, Emesa). It is the capital of both the Homs District, and the Homs Governorate. It has 652,609 people (2004). It is on the Orontes River.

Homs is home to the Al-Baath University. The university is one of four major universities in Syria.

Homs has two football clubs. The Al-Karamah Sports Club was founded in 1928 and is one the oldest sports club in Syria. The Al-Karamah Sports Club has won eight Syrian League titles, and eight Syrian Cup titles. The second sports club of the city is Al-Wathba Sports Club. They started in 1937. The Khaled Ibn Al Walid Stadium has a 35,000-seat capacity. The stadium is home to both football clubs.


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