About Latakia

Latakia, or Latakiyah (and often locally transliterated as Lattakia) is the principal port city of Syria, as well as the capital of the Latakia Governorate. In addition to serving as a port, the city is a manufacturing center for surrounding agricultural towns and villages.

Like many Seleucid cities, Latakia was named after a member of the ruling dynasty.First named Laodicea by Seleucus I Nicator in honor of his mother, Laodice, the original name survives in its Arabic form as al-Ladhiqiyyah ,from which the French Lattaquié and English Latakia or Lattakia derive.To the Ottomans, it was known as Turkish: Lazkiye, and its Latin name is Latin: Laodicea ad