Yabrud is a village near Ramallah with a delightful Old Town and one particularly unique feature; a tree in the middle of the main road. The ancient Hackberry tree – which local estimates place at anything between 1,000 and 3,000 years old – was right in the middle of where workers wanted to build the village’s main road, so they simply worked around it.
About 15km north of Ramallah, Yabrud also boasts the exquisitely restored Abu Shiban courtyard, thanks to the great work of RIWAQ. The courtyard is now used as a community area.
The main street through the village overlooks fields of ancient olive trees which are believed to date back to Roman times.
Population: 800 (2015 estimate)