Les chemins du “Saint-Suaire”
THE ROUTES OF THE HOLY SHROUD
THE LIONS CLUB PROJECT
The twinned Piedmont-Aosta Valley (108-Ia1) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (103-CS) districts celebrated, through trans- border actions, the centenary of the creation of the LIONS CLUB by Melvin Jones on the 7th of June 1917. As a lead-up to this twinning, the Lions Club formed the longest continuous line of spectacle frames in the world (3,073 meters long), which was officially recorded in June 2016 at Lake Mont Cenis. The ascent of Mont Blanc on the 8th of June 2017 by a joint team of French, Italian, and Swiss mountain climbers was the climax for such commemorative events.
Since then, the aim has been to celebrate the common history that the two districts shared under the states of Savoy. Together with local partners, the districts wanted to identify sites of cultural, historical, and artistic interest associated with the ‘translations’ of the Holy Shroud (the term ‘translations’ refers to the removal of relics from one place to another) from Chambéry to Turin in 1535 and in 1578, a difficult period for the dukes of Savoy. The districts then wanted to create information panels for those sites.