The Shroud of Turin was on public display from April 19, 2015 through June 24, 2015 in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.More than two million visitors came to Turin from around the world to view the Shroud.The viewing was part of a pilgrimage my wife and I made to Italy in May 2015.Introducing the Shroud The cloth itself measures 14.3 x 3.7 feet.It has been displayed several times in this century, the last time in 2005.I was one of those fortunate visitors to view the Shroud.The image is so faint that it can only be seen from about 2–9 feet away.The cloth is woven in a three-to-one herringbone twill composed of flax fibrils.
This is a rather strange size for the cloth unless one takes into account a length measurement of the time—the Assyrian cubit.
Doing this the size of the cloth is 8 cubits by 2 cubits—a much more regular measurement.
The front and back views meet nearly at the middle of the cloth with of the figure.
The two views are aligned along the mid-plane of the body and point in opposite directions and nearly meet in the middle.
“Some say the 14-foot piece of linen is Christ’s burial cloth.
They point to what appears to be the imprinted image of a man bearing wounds from a crucifixion. Regardless, the shroud has remained a wildly popular attraction for pilgrims from around the world.” The Shroud is certainly one of the most controversial relics in recent times.