The Holy Shroud - La Sacra Sindone
The Shroud is a linen sheet preserved in the Turin Cathedral.
It became famous all over the world for showing the image of a human body. A man with a height between 178 and 185 cm, with a long beard and hair.
According to tradition, and the Catholic Church, this should be the true image of the body of Jesus Christ.
The fitted sheet has a herringbone texture approximately 441 cm wide by 111 cm wide. The image remained imprinted on the fabric, as in a photograph, after it was used to wrap the dead body.
The Turin shroud has a great deal of detail, even if hardly visible to the naked eye. In our days, thanks to modern technologies, it is however possible to clearly observe human blood stains, signs of scourges and nails in the wrists.
In any case, the Sacred Linen remains an important element for understanding the Passion of Jesus. Even if over the years the scientific community has expressed many doubts about its truthfulness.
The most famous is undoubtedly that of the examination with the Carbon 14 method of 1988. The results showed that a body could have been wrapped between 1260 and 1390. The dating, to remove any possible doubt, was carried out in three different laboratories.
The most recent case, on the other hand, is the one that in 2018 saw two Italian researchers as protagonists. The research, which is based on the most modern techniques of forensic medicine, has given a disconcerting result. At least half of the bloodstains would be fake, or incompatible with those of a dead body following a crucifixion.
However, these researches did not succeed in discrediting the Shroud in the eyes of the faithful.
The shroud in which Christ’s body was wrapped is not normally visible to the public. It is exhibited in public in certain periods which are called Exposition. The most recent took place in 1978, 1998, 2000, 2010, 2013. The last was the one held between April 19 and June 24, 2015.