This is the big question that has accompanied the
mysterious history of this 14 by 4 foot (4.36 m by 1,10 m) linen. Could
this really be the cloth wrapped around Christ’s body at his burial?
The evidence of history and science suggest that it could be, although
neither can give us conclusive proof.
In the end, it
is almost the “Man of the Shroud” himself who asks us,
“Who do you say that I
In the words of
John Paul II: “What matters for the believer, is that the Shroud
is a mirror of the Gospel. The image it presents has such a profound
relationship with what the Gospels tell of Jesus’ passion and death
that every sensitive person feels inwardly touched and moved at beholding
it” (John Paul II, Address given in Turin on May 24,
This exhibition aims to lead to a more intimate
encounter with Christ himself, to help us gain a deeper grasp of the love
that moved him to go through all his sufferings in this holy city, in the
places that we visit on our pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
The exhibition (the first one of its kind) offers a
documented explanation about the Holy Shroud. A total of 22 panels display
- The history of the Turin shroud
(its itinerary in these 2000 years)
- The scientific
research that has been done on the
- The various sufferings
evidenced on the Shroud, along with reconstructions of:
the crown of thorns, the nails of crucifixion, Roman whips, etc.
The most outstanding elements of our exposition
are the digitalized and life-sized copy of the Holy Shroud, two
holograms showing the three-dimensional image of the Man of the
Shroud, and a bronze life-sized statue of the Man of the Shroud,
created by the Italian sculptor Luigi Mattei, who based his work on
extensive studies of the Shroud. This unique sculpture, which
shows us the suffering body of the man who was wrapped
in the Shroud, instills a sense of silence and reverence in those who look
upon it in faith. It shows a swollen face marked by blows, yet full of a
mysterious majesty, peace, and serenity.
For those who
come to the Holy Land seeking a deeper glimpse of the face of Christ, the
Notre Dame exhibition on the Holy Shroud is a worthy complement to their