UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018: Please visit my new post announcing the reopening of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in September 2018.
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EARLIER POST OF 2013: A press conference today in Turin gave an update on the restoration underway at the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, severely damaged in a fire in 1997. The encouraging report is summarized in a video posted to YouTube by the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici del Piemonte.
A few highlights: Arcas, the firm entrusted with the restoration seventeen months ago, plans to complete the project as scheduled in March 2014. Some elements are being restored or replaced using marble from the original quarry in Frabosa, reopened especially for this project. With a total budget of 8.7 million euros, the firm employs fifty workers at the site.
The complete press release with numerous images of the restoration in progress may also be downloaded. Below, images of the press conference and subsequent press tour of the site as posted to Twitter by MiBACT_Piemonte, the official account of the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali in Turin.