European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

The restoration of the Turin Chapel of the Holy Shroud is among the 25 winners (from 16 countries out of a total of 149 applications) of the Europa Nostra Award.


On the night of 11-12 April 1997, a fire caused extensive damage to the Chapel of the Holy Shroud of Turin.

This event marked the beginning of a long and challenging structural and architectural restoration.

The extraordinarily complex architecture of the chapel now stands once again, relying on its original engineering by Guarini.

New safety and lighting systems have been added to guarantee public use of the Chapel, together with new educational elements, such as videos and virtual reality stations. The internal and external lighting system was designed by GMS.

Thanks to the determination and the work that involved hundreds of people in a very delicate restoration over a time span of twenty years, the building is now accessible to the public and is included in the tour of the Royal Museums of Turin.

The jury commended the project for having been “a careful response to a dramatic event that occured in one of the most important Baroque buildings in Europe. It was technically challenging, underlined by the very special structure of the building, however the maximum preservation of the existing fabric has been ensured.”



Three projects will be chosen, among the winners of Europa Nostra Award, for the Public Choice Award.

If you want this project to win the competition, you can vote it on Europa Nostra website until September 15.

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