Nevada City, CA — The Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth bearing the image of a man who some Christians believe to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth, is going to be displayed at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce starting in January 2018. The ancient cloth is on a world tour and Nevada City was selected out of 47 cities vying to host the sacred artifact. This will be the only United States stop as it will be on display for 1 month before being moved to the Philippines.
There are little definite historical records on the shroud prior to the 14th century. Although there are numerous reports of Jesus’ burial shroud, or an image of his head, of unknown origin, being venerated in various locations before the 14th century, there is little but reliable historical evidence that these refer to the shroud at Turin Cathedral. Scholars have often assumed that such ancient artifacts were mere publicity stunts to attract pilgrims and their monetary tributes. Nevada City is hoping to cash in on the shroud.
“We are thrilled to have the shroud here,” said planning commission member Damon Gailansky. “It’s emblematic of our desire to go full ‘retro-active’ and return Nevada City to a time free of the trappings of modernity. You know, before electricity and cell phones when people died from dysentery and settled disputes with knives and bows and arrows. Having these Jesus cloths here will make Nevada City great again.”
Nevada City was chosen due to its relatively mild climate and the fact that it is one of only 7 registered spiritual vortexes on planet Earth. It’s also regarded as one of the more tolerant and progressive cities, having been the first in the nation to elect a police dog for the city council, which angered out-of-town conservatives, but was celebrated by local liberals with several parades and a statue in the town’s Robinson Plaza, near where the shroud will be displayed.
“It was a natural fit,” said Deputy Minister of Italian Antiquities Alvaro Padovesi via a translator in a telephone interview. “Nevada City’s capacity for ‘woo’ is extraordinary and legendary. So the Shroud will be in good hands.”
According to the Chamber of Commerce, tickets to see the Shroud will be $65.00 for adults, $15 for children and each visitor will get a coupon for a free taco at one of the city’s 19 taquerias.