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Understanding the Shroud of Turin

Click for a closer look at all the markings on the Man of the Shroud that relate to the Gospel accounts of Christ’s suffering. The National Shroud of Turin exhibit will virtually elaborate upon this diagram with state-of-the-art interactive graphics.


The top rust-colored top image is how the Shroud of Turin appears to the naked eye and is referred to as the natural image. The second, in black and white is known as the photo-negative image yet somehow reveals a positive image — discovered in 1898 when the cloth was photographed for the first time. That meant, for centuries, the positive image — clearly showing marks of torment on the crucified man —  was hidden within the Shroud, waiting for the invention of photography. The center line indicates where the Shroud was folded on “the man” distinguishing between the front to back mirror image. Amazingly, this is only one of the Shroud’s mysterious properties that defy scientific explanation.