Sh’chem

Nablus

Synonyms:
Shechem, sh’-KHEM, שְׁכֶם
Nablus (Wikipedia)

Nablus
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabicنابلس
 • Also spelledNabulus (official)
Nablus, June 2014
Nablus, June 2014
Official logo of Nablus
Municipal Seal of Nablus
Nablus is located in the Palestinian territories
Nablus
Nablus
Location of Nablus within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 35°16′44″E / 32.22028°N 35.27889°E / 32.22028; 35.27889Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 35°16′44″E / 32.22028°N 35.27889°E / 32.22028; 35.27889
Palestine grid174/180
GovernorateNablus
Founded72 CE
Government
 • TypeCity (from 1995)
 • Head of MunicipalityAdly Yaish
Area
 • Jurisdiction28,564 dunams (28.6 km2 or 11.0 sq mi)
Population
(2016)
 • Jurisdiction214,903
Websitewww.nablus.org

Nablus (Arabic: نابلسNāblus [næːblʊs] (About this soundlisten), Hebrew: שכםŠəḵem, Biblical Shechem ISO 259-3 Škem, Greek: Νεάπολις Νeapolis) is a city in the northern West Bank, approximately 49 kilometers (30 mi) north of Jerusalem, (approximately 63 kilometers (39 mi) by road), with a population of 126,132. Located between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center, containing the An-Najah National University, one of the largest Palestinian institutions of higher learning, and the Palestinian stock-exchange.

Today, the population is predominantly Muslim, with small Christian and Samaritan minorities.

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