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Ecce Homo, Borja

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The Ecce Homo in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain, is a fresco painted circa 1930 by the Spanish painter Elías García Martínez depicting Jesus crowned with thorns. Both the subject and style are typical of traditional Catholic art. While press accounts agree that the original painting was artistically unremarkable, its fame derives from an attempt to restore the fresco by an untrained amateur in 2012.The original muralThe artist, a professor at the School of Art of Zaragoza, gave the painting to the village where he used to spend his holidays, painting it directly on the wall of the church about 1930. He commented that "this is the result of two hours of devotion to the Virgin of Mercy". His descendants still reside in Zaragoza and were aware that the painting had deteriorated seriously; his grand-daughter had made a donation toward its restoration shortly before they discovered Cecilia Giménez's attempt to restore it.Failed restoration attempt and phenomenonThe authorities in Borja said they had suspected vandalism at first, but then determined that the alterations had been made by an elderly parishioner. The woman, Cecilia Giménez, who was in her 80s, said on Spanish national television that she had tried to restore the fresco, because she was upset that parts of it had flaked off due to moisture on the church’s walls. Giménez defended herself, saying she could not understand the uproar because she had worked in broad daylight and had tried to salvage the fresco with the approval of the local clergy. “The priest knew it,” she told Spanish television. “I’ve never tried to do anything hidden.”
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  • According to has the Guide, the restoration of the Ecce Homo of the sanctuary of the mercy (to 5 km of Borja), is a work innacabada of the restorative amateur and pious. Hurry on that day and left the face without outline but without cover. International journalism and national did the rest and rose the chapucilla myth. To access the Sanctuary are paid € 2 which van intended for a household of the third age of Borja. Also visit a room with history and the corridors of the old Inn.
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  • Curiosity bad sound, but ultimately worthwhile since it is in a very nice Chapel, and the person who serves explains you in detail the history of this Hermitage and its Visigothic Virgin, at the entrance there is a giant tree. There is a world map flags where people from around the world has been filled.
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  • The spot that wrapped the Chapel is beautiful, the sources, the views. We can go hiking, between beautiful pine forests. We found an old mansion annex to the chapel that is precious and can be visited inside. You can also rent rooms and enjoy the silence.
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