However, just a small detour away is one of the most iconic paintings of the decade, the Ecce Homo, a Spanish art restoration disaster which became a viral sensation and event made a Saturday Night Live sketch. During the peak of its virality, the painting was getting unflattering nicknames such as Potato Jesus and, my favourite, Monkey Jesus and the lady responsible for it started suffering from health issues due to the stress. Recently I was passing through the area with my family thought we should make the small detour to see the Monkey Jesus for ourselves. The town of Borja is famous for. As with most Spanish towns, there are a couple of nice churches, but not much else. We only happened to be passing through as we were heading to a pretty town called Tarazona, a few kilometres further up the road. That said, one thing Borja does well is wine. If you are a wine fan and passing through, I would certainly recommend popping into a couple of the bodegas. The Campo de Borja D. One such example is the Bodega Borsao , a winery that makes award-winning wine in the hills to the north of the town.
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As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes. In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news — and I write that as a lover of art — another restoration has gone awry. It is no longer immaculate. It now looks like an e-fit issued by a local police force, with those thin eyebrows popular in the 90s. They destroy things. Here are some of the best worst restorations in art. I mentioned the best one of all time, and it is impossible not to begin with it. The fresco became known as Behold the Monkey, and Monkey Christ, because of its newly simian features.
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By Zachary Kussin. Ecce Homo 2. Visitors are charged 1 euro per person to enter the church for viewing, and all proceeds go to a church-affiliated nursing home.
A familiar face, now known to the world as Monkey Christ, greets visitors to the Santuario de Misericordia , its blurred and startled features staring down from bottles, thimbles, bookmarks, teddy bears, pens, mugs, T-shirts, mousepads, badges, fridge magnets and keyrings. For centuries, the nearby town of Borja was best known for its wines and splendid 16th-century town hall. All that changed six years ago when a simple act of devotion was transmogrified into an object of ridicule, a meme and, eventually, a tourist attraction.