Reclaiming the past sometimes involves altering it.

In the case of a church in the Spanish town of Estrella, efforts to restore a piece of artwork have produced an unintended result -- one that has frustrated the town's mayor.

The Guardian newspaper of London recently reported that a painted wooden effigy of St. George received a facelift that had people drawing comparisons to the Ecce Homo Monkey Christ, another unfortunate restoration that wound up portraying the visage of Christ as the disparaging nickname suggests. The reference stems from an event that happened six years ago at a different Spanish church in Borja, characterized as "the worst restoration in history."

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