Rankous or Rankus (Arabic: رنكوس) is a Syrian town and summer resort in the province's Damascus countryside (Rif Dimashq) located in Mount Qalamoun (anti-Lebanon) in Syria, 45 km from Damascus, with a total area of 22.277 km ², extends between 1650 and 2150 m. The climate of the town is cool in summer and cold in winter. The rate of rain and snow usually varies between 350 and 650 mm. The mountains surrounding the town are covered with snow in winter. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Rankous had a population of 7,717 in the 2004 census.[1] [2]


Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°45′25″N 36°23′21″E
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq Governorate
DistrictAl-Tall District
 (2004 census)[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The town is famous for the cultivation of fruit trees: apples, pears, cherries, almonds, apricots, and vegetables: potatoes, peas, many types of vegetables. There are many types of livestock Rankous, such as sheep, goats, cows, poultry.

There are Rankous historical monuments in the vicinity of the town, caves, old cemeteries and tombs carved and engraved in stone.

The town was severely damaged during the clashes between the pro-government forces and the armed opposition during the Syrian civil war.[3]

People from Rankous


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. Smith, 1841, p. 172.
  3. Fahim, Kareem; Bakri, Nada (16 April 2018). "Arab League Suspends Its Monitoring in Syria". Retrieved 16 April 2018 via NYTimes.com.


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