AN exhibition around one of the most famous religious artefacts in history is coming to the Bridge Church in Otley.

Visitors will be able to see a full-sized replica of the world famous Shroud of Turin as part of an exhibition which will be on display in the sanctuary from Friday, February 16 to Friday, March 1.

The actual Shroud is housed in the cathedral in the Italian city of Turin and is a length of linen cloth that bears a faint image of the front and back of a man. It has been venerated for centuries, especially by members of the Catholic Church, as the actual burial shroud used to wrap the body of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion, and upon which his bodily image is miraculously imprinted.

As well as a full-sized replica of the Shroud of Turin, the exhibition will also feature other fascinating displays and detailed information boards, which cover evidence revealed by historical and scientific research, explaining how the Shroud’s image and bloodstains align with Gospel accounts.

The exhibition tours the country and has recently been seen at Wells Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and Halifax Minster.

Minister of the Bridge Church, Rev Jason McCullagh said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this incredible exhibition in the Bridge Church, and we hope that it will be visited by many people over the fortnight."

It is planned for the Bridge Church at Bridge Street, Otley, LS21 1RW, to be open every Monday to Saturday, from 10am – 4pm whilst the exhibition is in place, and that free tea and coffee will be served.

Admission is free with a discretionary donation if desired.