The Shroud of Turin, called Sindone, is the shroud in which Jesus is said to have been buried.
The original shroud is well protected in Turin Cathedral in a large metal casket. The perhaps real shroud is only shown to the public every 20 years and on special occasions. The last time was 2015. Many pilgrims came from all over the world to worship this relic. In 1997 a fire raged in the baroque chapel of the shroud. But the relic could be saved from destruction at the last minute.
The Original of the Turin Shroud
The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth that is 4.36 meters long and 1.10 meters wide. Human outlines are shown, as if a person has left his marks on the cloth. The facial features and the figure ascribed to Jesus Christ are clearly recognizable. Researchers and theologians have been investigating the authenticity of the Turin Shroud with various scientific methods for many decades. It has not yet been possible to provide clear proof of the authenticity, but it cannot be ruled out that Jesus was buried in the cloth from which he then rose.
History of the Shroud
The shroud appeared for the first time in the 14th century. It belonged to the House of Savoy for a long time before it was given to the Catholic Church.
The cloth is kept in Turin Cathedral at the end of the 17th century. A shroud chapel was built especially for this. The Chapel of the Holy Shroud is at the end of the aisles on the stairs to the side of the choir. The chapel was built between the cathedral and the royal palace. It can be recognized by the special dome on which there are stone urns. The dome rises over six large arched windows. Inside is the round chapel with an altar in the center. This houses the relic in a bulletproof showcase made of glass and silver. The Shroud Chapel can be visited together with the royal museums.
In 1997 a fire raged in the Shroud Chapel and the relic was saved from destruction at the last minute. In order to protect the shroud even better from environmental influences, it has been kept in a special container in a side chapel of the cathedral since 1998.
Exhibitions of the Original of the Holy Shroud of Jesus
Exhibition of the Shroud 2010
The original shroud is rarely brought to light under strict security conditions. In April / May 2010 the Holy Shroud was exhibited in a solemn procedure in Turin Cathedral. The treatment that the Holy Shroud underwent in 2002 was seen for the first time. Burns from the Chambéry fire in 1532 was removed, the sewn appliqués of the Clarisser were removed and the cloth was stretched onto a new frame.
During the public exhibition of the Shroud in Turin in 2010, 2.5 million visitors viewed the Shroud.
Exhibition of the Turin Shroud 2015
On the occasion of the 200th birthday of the order’s founder and saint Don Giovanni Bosco, the Holy Shroud, the Sindone, was exhibited to the public in 2015.
Giovanni Bosco (1815-1888) was born on August 16, 1815, in Castelnuovo Don Bosco and made a living as a priest and youth pastor and founder of the Salesian Order. Don Bosco was canonized in 1934.
A copy of the Holy Shroud can be seen at all other times. In the church of San Lorenzo and in the cathedral there are copies of the Holy Shroud of Turin, the “Sacra Sindone”.