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 names Deir el-Sultan
Established 335
Dedicated to Archangel Michael & the Four Incorporeal Creatures
Diocese Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Founder(s) Saint Constantine the Great
Location Old City (Jerusalem)
Coordinates 31°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 access Yes

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]


Ownership of the monastery has been always to the coptic orthodox church that had all the documents that prove that and had a decision of the high israeli court which said that " deir al sultan must back to the hand of the coptic church " the soley owner " of it . Deir El-Sultan is one of several holy sites in the area which are contested by various Christian denominations.[3]

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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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