Deir es-Sultan

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Monastery of the Sultan
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Deir es-Sultan is located in Israel
Deir es-Sultan
Location within Israel
Monastery information
Other namesDeir el-Sultan
Dedicated toArchangel Michael & the Four Incorporeal Creatures
DioceseCoptic Orthodox Church
Founder(s)Saint Constantine the Great
LocationOld City (Jerusalem)
Coordinates31°46′42″N 35°13′47″E / 31.778444°N 35.22975°E / 31.778444; 35.22975Coordinates: 31°46′42″N 35°13′47″E / 31.778444°N 35.22975°E / 31.778444; 35.22975
Public accessYes

The Monastery of the Sultan (Arabic: دير السلطان‎, translit. Deir Al-Sultan, lit. 'Monastery of the Sultan') is a monastery located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site.[1][2]


Deir El-Sultan is one of several holy sites in the area which are contested by various Christian denominations.[3] The Monastery is located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and has an entrance leading into the Church. It covers an area of 1,800 square meters.

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  1. ^ UN Conciliation Commission (1949). United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine Working Paper on the Holy Places.
  2. ^ Cust, L. G. A. (1929). The Status Quo in the Holy Places. H.M.S.O. for the High Commissioner of the Government of Palestine.
  3. ^ 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.

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