- An elderly patron of a Spanish church carried out the well-meaning restoration on a painting of Jesus.
- The fresco -- called "Ecce Homo" (Behold the Man) -- now resembles a pale monkey's face.
- Hundreds of tourists have flocked to the church and an online petition has been set up to halt plans to re-restore the painting.
It's been dubbed the "world's worst restoration", but a 102-year-old church painting of Christ that now resembles a pale monkey is drawing visitors by the hundreds to a sleepy Spanish town.
The northeastern town of Borja garnered global press attention after residents decried the well-meaning restoration efforts of Cecilia Gimenez, described as being in her 80s, who made a horribly botched attempt to restore a flaking oil painting of Christ wearing the crown of thorns.
The "restored" painting looks like a pale monkey's face surrounded by fur, with misshapen eyes and nose, and a crooked smudge for a mouth. Some media have called it the worst restoration in history.
On Saturday, hundreds of curious visitors queued up outside the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia church, where the image is painted on a column.
"The previous painting was also very pretty, but I really like this one," a woman who had traveled to the town said on public television.
Titled "Ecce Homo" (Behold the Man), the original was painted in 1910 by an artist called Elias Garcia Martinez.
Almost 18,000 people have now signed an online petition to halt the town's plan to return the painting to its pre-restoration glory.
The social web has also reacted to the botched restoration. A Twitter account known as @FrescoJesus -- described as "Once a handsome fresco now a hedgehog" -- has appeared online, kick-starting a meme with the tweet: "MY FACE!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FACE!!!!!!"