Russian Church of the Ascension

East Jerusalem

Built atop Herodian ruins, a sharp steeple soars 64m above this Russian Orthodox church, the tallest structure on the Mount of Olives. Orthodox believers claim that Jesus rose to heaven from this very soil; framed behind the church is a rock believed to be where Mary stood during his ascent. The 19th-century church is a boxy hexagon built in neo-Byzantine style, and it's part of a working monastery.

Look for a narrow alleyway leading off from the main street; you may have to ring a bell for access.

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