|Governorate||Rif Dimashq Governorate|
|Elevation||1,255 m (4,117 ft)|
|Population (2004 census)|
|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. 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.
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."
Localities in An-Nabek District
|English Name||Arabic Name||Population||Subdistrict|
|Deir Atiyah||دير عطية||10,984||Deir Atiyah|
|Flitah (Meshrefah)||(فليطة (مشرفة||6,475||An-Nabek|
|Qaldoun al-Marah||قلدون المراح||2,561||An-Nabek|
Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi, the monastery of Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, sits above the town to the west.
- General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
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