chapel of the ascension. / by Levi Buchanan

No shortage of ornate churches here, which makes me appreciate the simplicity of the Chapel of Ascension atop the Mount of Olives. Allegedly where Jesus left this earth after the resurrection, it's a simple rotunda housing a footprint. That's all. That's all it needs, really -- especially at a place humbly celebrated as a nexus between our world and the supernatural.

 

Chapel interior. 

Chapel interior. 

Simple structure complements the within.

Simple structure complements the within.

What remains of the footprint, picked away by pilgrims over the centuries. 

What remains of the footprint, picked away by pilgrims over the centuries.