Deir Rafat

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Deir Rafat
דיר ראפאת
دير رفات
Deir Rafat is located in Jerusalem
Deir Rafat
Deir Rafat
Coordinates: 31°46′34″N 34°56′47″E / 31.77611°N 34.94639°E / 31.77611; 34.94639Coordinates: 31°46′34″N 34°56′47″E / 31.77611°N 34.94639°E / 31.77611; 34.94639
Grid position144/131 PAL
CouncilMateh Yehuda
Founded byLuigi Barlassina

Deir Rafat (Arabic: دير رفات, Hebrew: דיר ראפאת), also known as the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Palestine and of the Holy Land, is a Catholic monastery in central Israel. Located to the north-west of Beit Shemesh, between Givat Shemesh and kibbutz Tzora to the south and Kfar Uria to the north, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 97.[1]


Deir Rafat Monastery, 1948

The monastery was established in 1927 by the Latin Patriarch Luigi Barlassina and contained a boarding school, an orphanage and convent. Currently the convent is running a guest house and a retreat center for believers and Holy Land pilgrims. The façade of the convent church bears the Latin inscription "Reginæ Palæstinæ", lit. "to the Queen of Palestine", and carries a 6-metre statue of the Virgin Mary. The church ceiling is decorated with a painting showing angels carrying banners with the first words of the Hail Mary prayer in 280 languages.[2][3] Since 2009, the convent is in the care of the female branch of the Catholic order known as "the Monastic Family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint Bruno", called the monastic Sisters of Bethlehem.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Monastère Notre-Dame de Palestine: Deir Rafat Monastic Family of Bethlehem
  3. ^ The Shrine of Our Lady "Queen of Palestine" and the Holy Land at Rafat LPJ


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