Holy Robe…500 anniversary


The possession of the seamless garment of Christ (Greek chiton arraphos; Latin tunica inconsultilis, John 19:23), for which the soldiers cast lots at the Crucifixion, is claimed by the cathedral of Trier and by the parish church of Argenteuil (for more information on this dispute, click here.

In 1512, during an Imperial Diet Emperor Maximilian I demanded to see the Holy Robe which was kept in the Cathedral. Archbishop Richard von Greiffenklau arranged the opening of the altar that had enshrined the tunic since the building of the Dome and exhibited it.

From April 13 to May 13 the Holy Robe will be exhibit at the Trier cathedral for the first time since 1996, and prior to that since 1844.

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