Deir Rafat Monastery

A few kilometers away from the city of Beit Shemesh, but light years away from anything that is urban or has to do with the beginning of the 21st century, is the Deir Rafat Monastery. The Arab name- meaning monastery of mercy- preserves the name of the village which was located near by. The monastery was built in 1926 by the Latin Patriarchy, and today it is managed by the Sisters of Saint Dorothy of Italy. The front of the monastery features a statue of the Virgin with a halo and underneath it is the inscription "Regina Palaestinae”. A shaded courtyard with ancient trees looks over plowed fields and low hills. From this courtyard one can enter into the church which displays impressive pillars with capitals, some of them are from a local Byzantine church which was active here in the first centuries CE.
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it is recommended to verify the opening hours and entrance requirements with the site itself
Opening hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

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