Shroud Of Turin

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A sheet of twill-woven linen cloth on which appears a pale sepia-tone image of the front and back of a naked man about six feet tall, alleged to be the actual cloth in which Christ's crucified body was wrapped. The images contain markings that allegedly correspond to the stigmata of Jesus, including a thorn mark on the head, lacerations (as if from flogging) on the back, bruises on the shoulders, and various stains of what is presumed to be blood. Since emerging in 1354, it has been purported to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ; it has been preserved since 1578 in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista in Turin, Italy.