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The Afterlife in ancient Egypt and the Holy Shroud
The Egyptian Museum and the Museum of the Shroud in Turin • 1 day tour for group • January – December
366 giorni (365 notti)
Egyptians were renowned for the attention they paid to the dead: mummification, special instruction for the afterlife inserted into the shroud or coffin, grave goods and monuments for the powerful. The most salient feature of the religion of the Egyptians seems to have been the worship of the gods of the dead and the belief that it was possible for the dead to live again an eternal existence in the world of spirits. The Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) of Turin offers a rich overview of the sacred rituals, including objects connected with the cults, mummification and the rich pantheon of deities. It’s the world’s oldest Egyptian museum; founded in 1824 and it ranks second only to Cairo.
Decent burial was regarded to be of great importance also in ancient Israel, as in the rest of the ancient Near East. The Gospels tell us that Jesus’s corpse was wrapped in a “shroud”.
Turin is associated with the Shroud, a long linen cloth on which the image of a man can be seen. This delicate cloth is actually kept in a climate-controlled container in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin. But if you want to see a replica, you can visit the Museum of the Shroud (Museo della Sindone) instead.
State of the art scientific enquiry allows us to confirm that the body image of the Shroud is certainly not a painting, as has been demonstrated by well-known chemical, physical and computer evidence. Is today’s “Turin Shroud” the winding sheet that wrapped the body of Jesus?
The museum will either help you answer the question or simply satisfy your curiosity about a famous burial cloth.
Our journey will take us through five thousand years of history. We shall unlock the deepest secrets of religion and spirituality of Egypt. And we’ll be using science to uncover the characteristics of the body impression on the Shroud.
HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY
- Departure information:
Check in: 8:45 am
Departs: 9:00 am (Return: 6:00 pm)
From: Turin, Piazza Carlo Felice 63, in front of the pharmacy
- The Egyptian Museum in Turin, the world’s second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts.
The Turin collections were founded in the early 19th century when the Savoy king, Carlo Felice, acquired some 5,000 objects from the French General Consul, Bernardino Drovetti, inspired by the increasing interest in the Egyptian world that Napoleon’s campaigns in the country had sparked. In 1833, some 1,200 objects owned by a man from Piedmont, Giuseppe Sossio, were added to the collection, which grew further during the 20th century when the Italian Archaeological Mission took more items from Egypt.
Highlights of the museum include an important statue of Ramesses II, one of the world’s most significant papyrus collections, and the Tomb of Kha, which dates to 3,500 BC.
The sculpture of Ramesses II is world renowned as the Turin masterpiece portrait of Egypt’s longest reigning and most famous pharaoh. It may well be considered the finest statue in the history of Egyptian sculpture.
The Drovetti Collection of papyrus sheets is considered by some as the most important of its type in the world. It includes the Royal Papyrus, also known as the Papyrus from Turin, which lists every king from 300 to 1,600 BC, and a 5,500-year-old cloth found in a tomb at Gebelein. Believed to be one of the world’s oldest painted fabrics, it depicts ritual dancing and hunting.
The Tomb of Kha, a tomb builder to the pharaohs, dating back to 3,500 BC, is the museum’s showpiece, containing sarcophagi, statues, sundries and furniture, as well as astonishingly well preserved items such as salted meat and a pottery bowl with the remains of tamarind and grapes.
- The Holy Shroud Museum
The museum shows a complete set of information about Shroud’s researches from ‘500 till now, gathering historical, scientific, devoutness and artistic aspects.
Some of the episodes from the Shroud’s history which are documented in the museum include the first “negative image” photograph taken in 1898 in which the man’s face and body were even more pronounced, the 1532 fire which damaged the Shroud and the patches applied in an attempt to repair the burned cloth, the carbon dating agreed to by the Vatican in 1988 which seemed to show that the cloth was made more than 1,000 years after Jesus lived, and more recent tests in 2008 which indicate the 1988 tests could be at least 1,000 years off.
The Museum will host a private lecture for our group on “History, Science and the Shroud of Turin” by a Sindonologist.
- Quota di partecipazione:
€ Group rates available on request
- Partenza da:
Entro il 31 Dicembre 2016 o oltre, fino ad esaurimento posti
LA QUOTA COMPRENDE: What is included in the tour cost
All on-tour transportation with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles • Meals as indicated (L-lunch) on the tour itinerary • Entrance fees and sightseeing as shown in the itinerary • Tour Director and local guides throughout the tour • All taxes
The Egyptian Museum in Turin, The Holy Shroud Museum
Tour conducted in English. Available in German, French, Spanish, Russian. Multilingual local guides
LA QUOTA NON COMPRENDE: What is not included in the tour cost
Beverages (wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks)Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required • Other items not specifically mentioned as included • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan (unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses) • Guide and Driver tips are left to your discretion