Shroud of Turin Facts

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Second Face Compared to Filtered Face



The image on the left is a computer enhanced image of the very faint second face found on the back of the Shroud. It is important to note that both the front and back images are superficial and that nothing has soaked through the cloth. The image on the back is in precise register with the image on the front.

Because the backside image (blue image above) was enhanced by removing the banding, it is compared to a front side image with the banding removed (gray image above)

Notice in particular:

  1. Hairline corresponds. This is particularly noticeable on the left side of the face (your left).
  2. Eyebrows curve visibly. Eyebrow on left side of face is higher than eyebrow on the right.
  3. Right side of face is darker. The darker region extends downward from the hairline, along the nose on the left, to the top of the mustache.  Correspondingly the left side of the face is lighter.
  4. In the blue backside image, a bright cross-like shape is visible midway horizontally and about two-thirds of the way down from the top. This cross corresponds exactly with the tip of the nose in the front side image.
  5. The bright spot in the middle of the backside image (filtered out in figure 5 above), corresponds with an apparent protrusion on the nose just below eye level.
  6. In the  backside image the crease that passed through the beard is barely visible on the bottom edge. In the front image a forked beard that starts just above the crease is very evident. There is some indication of the fork in the backside image exactly where it is expected.

  The scientific study of the Turin shroud is like a microcosm of the scientific search for God: it does more to inflame any debate than settle it.”

  And yet, the shroud is a remarkable artefact, one of the few religious relics to have a justifiably mythical status.

  It is simply not known how the ghostly image of a serene, bearded man was made.”

Scientist-Journalist Philip Ball
Nature, January 2005

Nature, that most prestigious of scientific journals, that once had bragging rights to claim that the Shroud was fake, responding to new, peer-reviewed studies that discredit the carbon 14 dating and show that the Shroud could be authentic.


  1. The Shroud of Turin is certainly much older than the now discredited radiocarbon date of 1260-1390. It is at least twice as old and it could be 2000 years old.  FACTS
  2. Though no one knows how it was made, the image is a selective caramel-like darkening of an otherwise clear coating of starch fractions and various saccharides.  FACTS
  3. The blood is real blood.  FACTS
  4. Much of what we think we see in the image is an optical illusion FACTS

Shroud of Turin Facts Check: 2005 Facts