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Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)
Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)

Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)

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115 Reviews
Open daily
Piazza San Giovanni, Turin

The Basics

The 53-square-foot (5-square-meter) Holy Shroud, displayed in a quiet 17th-century chapel designed by Guarino Guarini, architect of the nearby Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo, bears the faded image of a thin, bearded man who appears to have wounds consistent with Biblical tellings of those suffered by Christ at his execution. Historians and scholars have questioned the antique relic’s authenticity—never officially recognized by the Catholic Church—for years, and the Duomo has gone to great lengths to preserve it. The contentious shroud is one of the highlights of Piedmont’s capital city, and a viewing is included in many Turin small-group walking tours along with the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale), Piazza Castello, and Mole Antonelliana. Because of its age and delicacy, the shroud is stored in a climate-controlled case filled with a special atmospheric mix of argon and oxygen, and is rarely displayed to the public; in its stead, the church shows video footage of the original. The last public showing of the actual Holy Shroud was in 2015.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Turin

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A memorable afternoon tour
cmarkcapistrano, Feb 2020
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
This a guided tour of the Royal Palace and it was an excellent experience. The Armoury is the best collection and display I have seen compared to the Madrid and Wein collections I saw before. There were just a few of us so it made the tour less distracting with more information shared by the guide.
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Fantastic experience at the Royal Palace
gohmaoliang, Feb 2020
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
Highly recommended :) we were guided by Marco and he was so informative and engaging! His passion shows through his guiding ! Ask for him, no less.
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One of our best of many tours.
David T, Oct 2019
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
Stella was pleasant, knowledgeable and patient answering our many questions about the history of the palace and the politics of Italy through the years. Well done and thanks!
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Great tour!
Roam44937541403, Oct 2019
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
This was a great tour experience. We were able to see quite a bit at the Royal Palace, Holy Shroud Chapel & Armoury in a handful of hours - yet the tour did not seem rushed at all. Our tour guide, Carlo, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
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Excellent Tour
pope333, Oct 2019
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
The tour was excellent and the guide was outstanding and very informative. Going out of her way to answer questions and taking us the next step to show us more things in the tour. She did a great jov!
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Fantastic
Laurie A, Jul 2019
Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
A comprehensive tour w Valentina. She was smart, informed & easy to understand. We arrived & the other group didn’t. So basically we had a private tour. Our guide was easy to b with & really knew her history

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Showings of the original Holy Shroud are well publicized in advance, and tickets go quickly—book ahead of time.

  • The Shroud is particularly fascinating for religious pilgrims or archaeology aficionados.

  • The Guarini Chapel is currently closed for restoration, and video footage is being shown in another side chapel of the Cathedral.

  • Visitors are allowed to take photographs inside the chapel and Duomo.

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How to Get There

The Turin Cathedral, or Duomo di Torino, is located in the Piazza Castello district, a short walk from the train station. It’s easy to arrange a Turin day trip from the nearby city of Milan by taking the high-speed train that runs between these two Italian regional capitals.

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When to Get There

The Duomo is most crowded when the original Holy Shroud is being displayed to the public, and tickets to these showings must be booked far in advance. Hours are daily from 7am (Sundays from 8am) to 12:30pm and again from 3pm to 7pm.

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The Duomo di Torino

Most visit the Duomo di Torino primarily to view the Holy Shroud, but the church itself is worth a look. Built at the end of the 15th century, the Renaissance Cathedral is attached to the original bell tower from 1469.

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