Deir Es-Sultan

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Deir Es-Sultan
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Deir Es-Sultan is located in Israel
Deir Es-Sultan
Location within Israel
Monastery information
Other names Deir el-Sultan
Established 335
Dedicated to Archangel Michael & the Four Incorporeal Creatures
Diocese Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
Founder(s) Saint Constantine the Great
Location Old City (Jerusalem)
Country  Israel
Coordinates 31°46′42″N 35°13′47″E / 31.778444°N 35.22975°E / 31.778444; 35.22975
Public access Yes

Deir El-Sultan is a monastery located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.


Ownership of the monastery has been a source of contention between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, with both factions stating longstanding historical claims to the property. Deir El-Sultan is one of several holy sites in the area which are contested by various Christian denominations.[1]

The current dispute arose in April 1970 when Ethiopian adherents entered the monastery while the Coptic followers were away for Easter rites, changing the locks to the stairs connecting it to the church below.[2]

External links[edit]

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  1. ^ Johan D. Van Der Vyver; John J. Witte (1996). Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective: Legal Perspectives. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. pp. 380–. ISBN 978-90-411-0177-8. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Paul Charles Merkley (14 June 2001). Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 69–. ISBN 978-0-7735-2188-9. Retrieved 20 April 2013.