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Turin Cathedral

The major Roman Catholic church of Turin is the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin, what many believe to be the burial cloth for Jesus.

Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the Turin Cathedral has stood next to the Royal Palace since 1498. Taking seven years to build, the structure was constructed on the ruins of three older basilicas. The largest of these was also dedicated to Saint John, the others to the Holy Savior and Saint Mary of Dompno.

A blend of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the Cathedral has three distinct sections: the Belltower, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud and the Church. The Church and Belltower date from the 1400s, while the Chapel is the newest addition, having been completed in 1694 after taking nearly 28 years to build.

It is the Chapel, and more importantly, what lies inside the Chapel, that has inspired many pilgrimages and much debate. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the final burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The replica of the Shroud is displayed for public viewing near the front of the Cathedral and is open every day except for several hours over lunch. The real Shroud is locked away and is displayed only by papal decree; a special exhibition of the Shroud is scheduled for 45 days between mid-April and mid-August 2015.

Make sure to look at the photographic display of the Shroud near the entranceway, which includes a black-and-white negative image of the cloth. The images on the Shroud that have faded over time are much crisper in this display, which is also available to photograph.

Although perhaps less intriguing, but beautifully crafted, are the various shrines that line the Cathedral’s sidewalls. Adorning the wall above the entrance doors is a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Last Supper mural, this time hanging as an oil painting, well worth a photograph.

The cathedral is a few minutes’ walk from the center of Turin in the Piazza San Giovanni. Whatever your beliefs are, the Turin Cathedral is fascinating to all. Walk around to take it all in at your own leisure, or pay a local guide to give you a tour.


Guide to Exploring Turin Cathedral


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