The “Immovable ladder” is the nickname given to a wooden ladder placed against the right window above the main entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre .
The ladder was apperently placed there and used by the Armenians to enter the Church and avoid entry fee that the Ottomans and the Greek Charged of all visitors at the main entrance. The earliest record of this ladder is an engraving from 1728, and the earliest mention of it is an Ottoman document (“firman“) from 1757.
Due do the 1851 “Status Quo” “Firman”, the ladder (like any other element in the church) can be moved only if all denominations agree on doing so, and to this day they did not agree on this.
Over the years there were several cases that the ladder was moved, one of them was documented by me (February 2009).
The ladder is a symbol to the tension between the different denomination that co-run the Church.
|The Immovable ladder on Wikipedia|
|Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Google Maps|
Points of Interest in the Area
|Church of the Holy Sepulchre|
|Tomb of Jesus|