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Deir Rafat


“Deir Rafat” is a monastery in the Shefelah after a purchase of the area by the Catholic church in the 19th century. The monastery is known for its large Bronze sculpture of Mary as “Reginae Palaestinae” (=”Queen of Palestine”) placed in order protect the land from earthquakes.  So far it seems to work..  

Near the Monastery Artul family operates a local “Mony” winery and olive press.


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Points of Interest in the Area

tel-tzora Tel Tzora
 tel-batash-timnah Timnah / Tel Batash
 tell bethshemesh Beth Shemesh