Yabrud

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Yabrud
يبرود
Yabrud is located in Syria
Yabrud
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°58′N 36°40′E / 33.967°N 36.667°E / 33.967; 36.667
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq Governorate
DistrictYabrud District
Elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Population
 • City25,941
 • Metro~50,000
Area code(s)12
 
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Yabrud
يبرود
Yabrud is located in Syria
Yabrud
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°58′N 36°40′E / 33.967°N 36.667°E / 33.967; 36.667
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq Governorate
DistrictYabrud District
Elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Population
 • City25,941
 • Metro~50,000
Area code(s)12

Yabrud (Arabic: يبرود‎) is a city in Syria, located in the Rif Dimashq (Damascus suburb) governorate about 80 km north of the capital Damascus. The city is known for its ancient caves, most notably the Iskafta cave (where, in 1930, a thirty-year old German traveller and would-be archeologist Alfred Rust made many important pre-historical findings), and the Yabrud temple, which was once Jupiter Yabroudis 's temple but later became "Konstantin and Helena Cathedral". Yabrud is home of the oldest church in Syria.[1] The name Yabrud is said to have originated from an Aramaic word meaning "cold" : the city rests upon the Qalamoun mountains slopes (Anti-Lebanon) at a height of 1,550 m.

The parents of former President of Argentina Carlos Menem were both born in Yabrud; they emigrated to Argentina before the end of World War I. According to "www.syriagate.com' , "this small beautiful town set amid a limestone amphitheater is shaded by many apricot, poplar and weeping willow trees"... The Natufian archeological site Yabrud III is named for the town of Yabrud.

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Coordinates: 33°58′N 36°40′E / 33.967°N 36.667°E / 33.967; 36.667