The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, so called because the Holy Shroud was kept inside from 1694 to 1993, is an absolutely unique work of architecture. Commissioned by Charles Emmanuel I of Savoy in 1610 to preserve the sacred cloth, the chapel finally emerged in the second half of the 17th century.

Designed in 1667 by the architect Guarino Guarini, one of the greatest representatives of Piedmontese Baroque, the dome is conceived as a ‘reliquary tower’ with six levels of overlapping and staggered arches that terminate at the top in the star-sun with the dove of the Holy Spirit in the centre.

In 1694 the Shroud was placed in the double central altar where it remained until 1993, when it was moved to the Cathedral.

Affected by a major fire in April 1997, the Chapel of the Shroud underwent a lengthy restoration that ended in 2018, when it was reopened to the public.

To visit it, buy your ticket at the Royal Museums of Turin, at the ticket office of the Royal Palace.

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