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St. John the Baptist Cathedral is the main cathedral in the city. The cathedral gained its popularity primarily due to the Chapel of the Shroud, attached to the building, which houses the Turin Shroud, attracting many thousands of believers to the city.
The temple was built at the end of the 15th century. The main building was added to the bell tower, erected in 1470. Previously, an ancient Roman theater stood on the site of the cathedral, and then a complex consisting of three churches was located. One of these churches was also dedicated to John the Baptist.
The design of the new cathedral was entrusted to the architect Amedeo de Satinano. The building was erected in the Renaissance style, in the form of a Romanesque cross. The cathedral's superb facade has been clad in Carrara white marble.
In 1649, the authorities decided to expand the cathedral and add a small room to store the Turin shroud. Construction work continued for 45 years.
In 2009, the building was also renovated. During this period, the shroud was placed in a free-standing chapel.
Believers are convinced that the body of Jesus was wrapped in the shroud, and it was his face that was imprinted on it. From the beginning of the 70s of the last century to the present day, scientists have been trying to determine the age of the shroud, its origin and how the image appeared on it.
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Topic: Cathedral of John the Baptist in Italy, Turin resort.