Duomo di San Giovanni

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Duomo di San Giovanni information

Turin , Italy
Address
Street Piazza San Giovanni
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Turin's cathedral was built between 1491 and 1498 on the site of three 14th-century basilicas and, before that, a Roman theatre. Most ignore the fairly plain interior and focus on a far bigger myth: the church is home to the famous Shroud of Turin (alleged to be the burial cloth in which Jesus' body was wrapped). A copy of the cloth is on permanent display to the left of the cathedral altar.

To get the full story you'll need to visit the Museo della Sindone. The separate Romanesque-style bell tower looks older than it really is; it was designed by Juvarra and built in 1723. Just to the north lie the remains of a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre , while a little further to the northwest lies Porta Palatina , the red-brick remains of a Roman-era gate.