The Ladder of Divine Ascent

The Ladder of Divine Ascent, also known as The Ladder of Paradise, is a 12th-century icon that represents the theological teachings of the 6th-7th-century Christian monk John Climacus. The icon depicts a ladder to Heaven, which has 30 rungs symbolizing 30 stages of ascetic life. John Climacus is shown at the top right of the image, welcomed by Jesus Christ into Heaven. The icon also depicts monks ascending the ladder, who are attacked by demons trying to make them fall. The Ladder of Divine Ascent is kept at the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent

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