The exposition ends tomorrow. According to newspaper accounts, the twelve chamber exhibit moves on to San Antonia. The plan, after that, is to take it to seventy cities in twenty years. A 55 minute audio guide is available in eleven languages.
We covered this in Seventy Cities in Twenty Years Starting in Royal Oak, Michigan. Now we learn from the Gannnett newspaper, the Observer & Eccentric:
As the new academic year begins, many schools are planning field trips to see the Shroud for its historical and scientific significance. After Royal Oak, the Shroud will head to San Antonio.
The Shroud of Turin has been believed for nearly two millennia to be the cloth used to wrap the body of Jesus of Nazareth. The Shroud itself has been a source of comfort to Christians and a source of controversy for scientists as to its authenticity.
People of all religions have come to their own conclusions by visiting the exhibit at 3506 Rochester Road, just north of 13 Mile.
This self-guided, audio-visual, one-hour tour has 12 chambers with more than 50 artifacts from throughout history dating back to 14 AD. Artifacts include a relic containing an actual piece of the Shroud from Pope Clement XII dated 1730, a Solidus coin from 685 AD — the first to feature the face of Christ — the Tiberius Tribute coin, manuscripts, a 1st century Roman spear from the first century, and a painting of Christ on cotton that was shown in Lisbon for over 200 years,. The exhibit is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Albanian and Arabic.
The exhibit will visit 70 U.S. cities over the next 20 years. It was created in Spain by a man named Alvaro Blanco. He researched the Shroud for many years, and almost went bankrupt locating unique historic pieces and setting up the exhibit.
- Seventy Cities in Twenty Years Starting in Royal Oak, Michigan
- Ave Maria Radio on the Royal Oak Shroud Exhibit
- More Publicity for Royal Oak Exhibition of the Shroud of Turin
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- Now the Chaldean News, a newspaper published by the Chaldean community in Metro Detroit has a great story about the outstanding Shroud of Turin exhibit: A Fascinating Mystery: Exhibit Explores the Shroud of Turin. (Chaldeans, according to the newspaper are indigenous people of Iraq, Eastern-rite Christians who speak Aramaic. There are over 100,000 thousand of them in this part of Michigan.
The history of the shroud can now be observed at a special exhibition at the former St. John United Methodist Church in Royal Oak until August 17. The entire church has been transformed into a 6,000-square-foot gallery.
The exhibit is guided by an audio tour that is one hour long in English, and 1 hour and 25 minutes long in Arabic. It is also available in Russian and Spanish.
“With a headset, it is just you in there,” said Jose Juan Garrigó, CEO of Immersive Planet, Inc., the company that designed the exhibition. “We are currently working on Polish and French Canadian, and are interested in making an audio recording in Aramaic.”
The entire script has already been translated into Aramaic, but the voice for it has not been found. A male Chaldean who can read Aramaic with a powerful, theatrical voice is being sought to fill the role.