Russian Convent of the Ascension

Russian Convent of the Ascension

The Russian Orthodox "Convent of the Ascension" is located on the summit of the Mount of Olives in the eastern part of Jerusalem.
Founded in 1870, it is one of the first Russian compounds in the Holy Land.

On its grounds is the place where, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary stood at the time of the Ascension. The bell tower of the church is exceptionally high and forms a landmark that can be seen from many parts of the city. A smaller chapel in the compound is by local tradition at the spot where the head of John the Baptist was found.

It is administered by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.