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c. 177

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  • Return of tolerance towards Christians in Edessa under Abgar VIII (177–212). For a time on coins an effigy of Abgar appears with him wearing a tiara with a Christian cross.
  • The 'portrait,’ however, remains hidden and gradually falls into oblivion; legend centres around an apocryphal exchange of letters between Christ and Abgar.
  • The end of Byzantine rule. The city experiences a series of floods (approximately one per century).

For centuries no one knows of the existence of the Shroud, which rests in a hermetically sealed niche above the west gate.


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