The Holy Shroud of Turin: For one month only...
Tue May 2015
Have you ever heard of the Holy Shroud of Turin? This long linen cloth is one of the world’s most mysterious sacred objects. Impressed upon the cloth is an image resembling that of a crucified man. As such, this is believed to be Jesus’ burial shroud.
Scientists have tested the cloth using various techniques but there is no unanimous answer regarding the origin of the Shroud or how the image was created and the Catholic Church have never produced an official statement regarding the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, though Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI treated it as a relic and icon.
The Shroud is preserved in Turin’s Cathedral, the Duomo. In order to protect this very delicate object, it is normally not possible for the public to see it. The Shroud is only exhibited for limited periods of time, at intervals that can last between 2 and 10 years.
The 2015 Ostension of the Holy Shroud of Turin recently began on the 19th April and is due to close on the 24th June. Pope Francis will be visiting Turin on the 21st and 22nd June and he will celebrate Mass on Turin’s grand Piazza Vittorio on 21st June. It is still unknown when the next Ostension will take place, so if you would like the opportunity to be a part of this rare event, now is the time to head to Turin!
Since the opening, over 250,000 visitors have already been to the Holy Shroud and the city expects another 2 million to make the pilgrimage to Turin before the end of the Ostension. Turin has so much more than the Shroud to offer and it has become an ever more popular after hosting the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Access to the shroud is free of charge but due to high numbers of visitors it is recommended that you book in advance, either online or via phone:
Our hotel NH Santo Stefano is in the most perfect location: less than 1 minute walk from the Duomo, where the Ostension takes place! The hotel is right in the city centre and Turin’s main sights are all within walking distance!
To book, or simply for more information, call our team on 01483 345 811.