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Immovable Ladder

A 19th century photo of the front of the Holy sepulchre. Note the wooden ladder leaning against the right window on the second floor.

A 19th century photo of the front of the Holy sepulchre. Note the wooden ladder leaning against the right window on the second floor.

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.

A rare photo of the "Holy Sepulchre ladder" leaning against the LEFT window above the entrance

A rare photo of the “Holy Sepulchre ladder” leaning against the LEFT window above the entrance. The photo was taken by Zohar Halfan on the 4th of February 2009, at 8:54. © Zohar Halfan

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.

My documentation of the ladder being moved published in “BAR”. Click to enlarge.

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. 

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Points of Interest in the Area

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  Golgotha
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