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Jacobs Ladder

Saint Helena / Africa

Jacob’s ladder leads from Jamestown’s valley floor to the fort at Ladder Hill. It is made up of 699 steps. It is called Jacob’s ladder after the Bible in the book of Genesis. From this, any steel climb tends to be named Jacob’s ladder. The top of the ladder is supposed to symbolise heaven. Jacob’s ladder is one of the first things notice when you arrive in James Bay and it is also one of the top attractions that the island has to offer. This route used to be a rope ladder which soldiers would climb in order to reach the barracks at the top. This was later replaced in the 1820s. Today tourists climb this ladder and many skim their way down by putting their feet on one handrail and their back on the other. It is believed that soldiers would bring food down from the barracks this way by balancing it on their stomachs. In addition, Jacob’s ladder is also included in an annual running festival where runners across the world would sprint to the top. Finally, the ladder at night is lit.

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