3 of the Most Memorable Ladders Across the Planet

3 of the Most Memorable Ladders Across the Planet

21st January 2020

We all see ladders just about every day, but how many of us get to see famous or highly memorable ladders? The following are some of the ladders that you will never forget once seen.

The Putucusi Ladders of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the planet’s most amazing tourist attractions. This mysterious Inca city sits highs in the Andes and attracts up to 2,500 visitors each day. Yet, many of them go home without even realising that they were close to the incredible Putucusi Ladders.

Putucusi is a mountain that offers outstanding views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. The problem is that getting up to the top is something of a challenge. The adventure starts in Aguas Calientes, which is the small town from where trains to Cusco leave.

The demanding trip to the top of the mountain includes a series of 7 wooden ladders. The tallest of them is 4 stories (100 feet) high. This trail is sometimes closed due to bad weather, but if you ever get the chance to try it then you won’t regret doing so.  

Devils Tower Wooden Ladder

We need to travel to Devils Tower in the Black Hills, Wyoming to see the next unforgettable ladder. This precarious ladder on the south-east of the rock was built at the end of the 19th century. Since then, a little over 200 people have used it without safety equipment, and the last one was in 1927.

This looks nothing like modern safety ladders. Instead, it is made up of a number of wooden stakes that have been driven into the rock connected together using wooden planks. It starts at 100 feet from the base and rises up to the top of the cliff. It used to reach down to the ground but the lower section was taken away for safety reasons.

The relatively small size of the ladder means that people used to look at it through a telescope. As for the possibility of climbing Devils Tower, some brave visitors do this but not using the ladder.

The Immovable Ladder of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem, Israel. It contains the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb he was laid in and resurrected from. Yet, one of the most fascinating things about it is an old ladder.

In photos of the church, you can clearly see a small, wooden ladder. It has been there in the same spot since at least the 18th century. No one knows for sure what it was put there for in the first place. It is made of Lebanon cedar wood and said to have been put there in 1728, possibility to allow repair work to be carried out.

Why is it known as the immovable ladder? In 1757, an agreement was reached between the different religious communities that share the city. Known as the Status Quo, it says that none of the religions can move or alter property without the agreement of the others. This wooden ladder is seen as being a symbol of the spirit of the Status Quo.