At the holiest spot in Christendom, delving for Jesus’s resting place

Source: Times of Israel

This Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 photo shows the moment workers remove the top marble layer of the tomb said to be of Jesus, in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. A restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus' body was laid. (Dusan Vranic/National Geographic via AP)

This Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 photo shows the moment workers remove the top marble layer of the tomb said to be of Jesus, in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. A restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was laid. (Dusan Vranic/National Geographic via AP)

Inside the room above the traditional burial place of Jesus, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, October 28, 2016 (ToI staff)

Inside the room above the traditional burial place of Jesus, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, October 28, 2016 (Times of Israel staff)

High up on the facade at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, a small wooden ladder rests below an arched window. Made of cedar wood, possibly left behind by a stonemason who was doing restoration work here in the early 1700s, it is said to have remained in precisely the same spot for 250 or more years, with just two temporary relocations. As such, the “Immovable Ladder,” as it is understandably known, emblemizes the extraordinarily complex fabric of relations between the six ecumenical Christian orders that together oversee the church.

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