Rankous or Rankus (Arabic: رنكوس‎) is a Syrian village 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 village 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 village are covered with snow in winter. The population is 19,900 inhabitants.

The village 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 village, caves, old cemeteries and tombs carved and engraved in stone.

A center of opposition to the Bashar Assad after the Arab Spring,[1] the Syrian army inflicted heavy damage to the city.[2]

People from Rankous

  • Cheikh Mahmoud Baayoun (Mahmoud Al Rankousi)
  • The translator and essayist Mohamed Ali Abdel Jalil

Coordinates: 33°45′25″N 36°23′21″E / 33.75694°N 36.38917°E / 33.75694; 36.38917