Deir as-Sultan

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.

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The chambers of the Ethiopian Monastery in the foreground with the Rotunda in the background.

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Leading off the courtyard is a small chapel where the monks worship. The chapel is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. It is not an impressive structure. A small oblong building, it is capable of seating about 70, with room for a further 40-50 to stand packed together at the times of the great festivals.

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Around the sides of the courtyard are old and shattered walls with a group of low mud huts huddled together, with the bell tower of Church of Redeemer in the background.

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The dome is located atop the Saint Helena Chapel, one of the most ancient parts of the complex which make up the most sacred of Christian sites in Jerusalem.

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The fountain in the monastery courtyard

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