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An-Nabek is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°01′N 36°43′E / 34.017°N 36.717°E / 34.017; 36.717
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District An-Nabek District
Nahiyah An-Nabek
Elevation 1,255 m (4,117 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 32,548
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

An-Nabek or Al-Nabek (Arabic: النبك‎) is a Syrian city administratively belonging to Rif Dimashq and the capital of the Qalamoun. Located 81 kilometers (50 mi) north of Damascus and south of Homs. It has an altitude of 1255 meters. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), An-Nabek had a population of 32,548 in the 2004 census.[1] The Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian (Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi) is located along the Anti-Lebanon Mountains near Nabek and dates back to at least the 6th century. Its inhabitants are mostly Sunni Muslims, Catholic and Syriac Christians.[2]


Al-Nabek has been mentioned by Arab geographers from the 12th to 13th centuries CE. Ibn Jubayr recorded that it was a village north of Damascus "with much running water and broad arable fields." Yaqut al-Hamawi wrote in 1225 that "is a fine village with excellent provisions... There is here a curious spring which runs cold in the summer, and with clear, excellent water. They say its source is at Yabrud."[3]

Localities in An-Nabek District[edit]

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the following villages, towns and cities, make up the district of an-Nabek:[4]

English Name Arabic Name Population Subdistrict
An-Nabek النبك 32,548 An-Nabek
Qara قارة 12,508 Qara
Deir Atiyah دير عطية 10,984 Deir Atiyah
Flitah (Meshrefah) (فليطة (مشرفة 6,475 An-Nabek
al-Sahel السحل 5,677 An-Nabek
al-Jarajir الجراجير 4,022 Deir Atiyah
al-Qastal القسطل 3,486 An-Nabek
Qaldoun al-Marah قلدون المراح 2,561 An-Nabek
al-Humayra الحميرة 1,740 Qara


Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi, the monastery of Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, sits above the town to the west.


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 173.
  3. ^ le Strange, 1890, p.511.
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Coordinates: 34°01′N 36°43′E / 34.017°N 36.717°E / 34.017; 36.717