Yabroud

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Yabroud
يبرود
Yabroud is located in Syria
Yabroud
Yabroud
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°58′N 36°40′E / 33.967°N 36.667°E / 33.967; 36.667
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Yabroud District
Nahiyah Yabroud
Elevation 1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • City 25,891
 • Metro ~50,000
Area code(s) 12

Yabroud or Yabrud (Arabic: يبرود‎) is a city in Syria, located in the Rif Dimashq (i.e. Damascus' countryside) governorate about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the capital Damascus. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Yabroud had a population of 25,891 in the 2004 census.[1] The city is known for its ancient caves, most notably the Iskafta cave (where, in 1930, a thirty-year old German traveller and self-taught archeologist Alfred Rust made many important pre-historical findings), and the Yabroud temple, which was once Jupiter Yabroudis 's temple but later became "Konstantin and Helena Cathedral". Yabroud is home of the oldest church in Syria.[2] The name Yabroud is said to have originated from an Aramaic word meaning "cold"; the city rests upon the Qalamun Mountains slopes (Anti-Lebanon) at a height of 1,550 m.

The parents of former President of Argentina Carlos Menem were both born in Yabroud; they emigrated to Argentina before the end of World War I. The Natufian archeological site Yabroud III is named for the town of Yabroud.

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