The Ladder of Divine Ascent is an ascetical treatise written by John Climacus in the 6th century for monastics. It explains the path to unity with God's love and how to avoid vice and practice virtue in order to obtain salvation. An icon depicting the ladder can be found at Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai. The work has been published in book form, such as "John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Classics of Western Spirituality) and "The Ladder of Divine Ascent".
Saint Catherine's Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery located on Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. It was founded between 548-565 CE by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, and is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery in the world. The monastery is surrounded by a massive granite wall that is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) thick and 11 meters (36 feet) high.
The monastery was named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, whose purported body was discovered there in the 9th century. It is also believed to be the site of where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush. The oldest record of monastic life at Mount Sinai comes from a travel journal written in Latin by a pilgrim woman named Egeria (Etheria; St Sylvia of Aquitaine) about 381/2–386.
Saint Catherine's Monastery is renowned for its extraordinary holdings of Byzantine art, including rare Early Byzantine icons such as a 13th-century icon depicting Saint Theodosia which is one of five icons at Saint Catherine’s that depict the same saint.AccurateInaccurate