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Shroud 2.0: the official App dedicated to the Shroud

In the technology era also the Holy Shroud becomes “2.0” with the first official App for iOS devices (iPad e iPhone).

The Exposition of the Shroud becomes digital with the app Shroud 2.0

For the first time in history the most detailed image of the Shroud ever achieved is available to the whole world, thanks to the App Sindone 2.0. This opportunity is made possible by the very high-definition image of the cloth achieved by Haltadefinizione®: each detail of the cloth can be magnified and visualized in a way which would otherwise not be possible. A real "digitals Exposition": this application allows to enhance the understanding of the cloth in an interactive and dynamic way through a real virtual tour along four theme routes: story from the Gospels, elements of the cloth, elements of the figure, and scientific aspects.


Finding the Shroud

The application also includes several data sheets about the details of the image, the scientific investigations, and the historical events relevant to the Shroud, which can directly be accessed at any time during the theme navigation. The data sheets are enriched with precious archive and documentation images that can be magnified on the screen, and that deal with the main topics: The Holy Shroud, Time line, The cloth, Forensic analysis, Haematology, Chemistry, Botanic, Carbon 14, Mathematics, IT, Photography, Preservation. The observation of the Shroud also offers unexpected discoveries, with the chance to move on the cloth’s surface seeking after rarely known details. Among which, for instance, the “wax drops”: in ancient times both private and public expositions were accompanied by a ceremony aimed at highlighting its importance and sacredness which involved the use of candles. In various spots of the Shroud, outside the imprint, you can notice small rounded shapes which, with the remarkable magnification achieved by the App, prove to be wax stains, both red and white colour. Likewise, another interesting aspect emerged thanks to the image by Haltadefinizione® are some little holes in the cloth that are visible only due to the remarkable magnification. This detail dates back to the 1898 exposition when, due to the wrong indication of the sheet’s dimensions, they had to face the problem of securing the Shroud to a wrong-sized frame. The problem was “solved” by using some drawing pins” whose marks are still visible in some marginal parts of the fabric.

App for Evangelization

The Shroud, the sheet kept in the Turin Cathedral which, by tradition, would be the one in which Jesus body was wrapped in the sepulchre as quoted in the Gospels, is no doubt one of the most intense and well-known symbols of Christianity. Although this tradition – however based on multiple evidences resulting from scientific investigations – cannot be deemed formally proved, the Shroud directly and immediately recalls the Passion of Christ, due to the features of its imprint. Hence, it becomes a tool of understanding and meditation – “mirror of the Gospel” as Pope John Paul II defined it – which on the occasion of the Year of Faith announced by the Catholic Church represents an extraordinary Evangelization vehicle.

Main features of the app Shroud 2.0:

- High-definition consultation of the Shroud image
- Open exploration of the Cloth in touch screen mode
- Display of the photographic positive and negative of the image
- Four guided tours to understand the most important details and features relevant to the Shroud
- Data sheets about the scientific analysis and the history of the Shroud
- Photographic filters to improve the readability of the image
- Browser
- Available in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese

The technology of the app Shroud 2.0

The exploration of the Shorud with digital app is made possible by the very high-definition image of the cloth achieved by Haltadefinizione®. This technology is also used in art field on works such as, among others, the Last Supper by Leonardo, and the most famous paintings by Botticelli.