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Written by Larry Aiello   
Friday, 23 April 2010 09:53

The centuries old debate in Turin still continues regarding the shroud.

Is it a medieval Forgery or a true image of Jesus of Nazareth?
The intense debate continues over the Shroud of  Turin, which has persisted for many centuries.

For the faithful, no amount of evidence will dim their belief. For the nonbeliever, no proof will ever do.  Regardless, it’s a fascinating topic, and an amazing viewing and one you should definitely take advantage of if you are visiting Turin.  It is a rare opportunity.  So rare in fact, that this will be only the third time in over 30 years, you can view the shroud for yourself and visit the exceptional imprint at the Duomo di San Giovanni in Turin, from April 10-May 23, 2010. It was previously displayed in 1898, 1978, 1998 and 2000.

It is estimated that 2 million people will view the shroud during the time it is on (6 week) exhibit, including the Pope on May 2nd.    Be prepared to stand in line while you wait to see the shroud. Reservations can be made online (see below), although it appears that many of the weekend slots are being filled rapidly. 

Damage caused by a fire in 1532 was painstakingly restored to this mysterious cloth in 2002.  The restoration was not without controversy:  the cloth's appearance has been altered signifcantly.  Adding to the authenticity argument, it has been announced that no further scientific examination would be permitted.

The Shroud is stored in a custom-built, temperature and humidity controlled case created by an Italian aerospace company.

While in Turin, uncover more of the mystery at the Shroud Museum at the Museo della Sindone. On display will be many photographs, some of which are life-sized and larger than life.

Tickets are free – and a must. Reservations can be made online through the Archdiocese of Turin's website.


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