Italian-Language Site Focuses on Writings About Shroud of Turin

TURIN, Italy, OCT. 13, 2003 ( Web browsers can have a look at historical writings about the Shroud of Turin, thanks to an exhibition of the Turin University Library.

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Visitors can access the Italian-language exhibition dedicated to the shroud that is believed to have wrapped the body of Jesus. Old manuscripts and sources attest to the veneration long accorded the «Sindone,» as it is called in Italian.

The bibliographic exhibition extends from the 16th to 19th centuries, and covers the period known as the «Ancient Book.»

«The works exhibited highlight the importance that the House of Savoy has attributed to the … holy shroud, not only as a relic to venerate but as a symbol of the dynastic and political power» of the House, the organizers explained.

Outstanding among the pieces exhibited is the «Officium Missa Sanctissimae Sindonis,» of the early 1500s, which belongs to the Ducal Library of the House of Savoy.

Also available is Filiberto Pingone’s book «Sindon Evangelica,» written in 1581. It is the first book dedicated entirely to an account of how the shroud came to be housed in Turin’s cathedral.

The shroud exhibition will be online until Dec. 31, 2004. See (

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