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Borja makes lemonade out of lemons

Discussion in 'Camino Castellano Aragonés' started by peregrina2000, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. peregrina2000

    peregrina2000 Moderator Staff Member Donating Member Donating Member

    Mar 6, 2006
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    Champaign, Illinois, USA
    A terribly botched restoration of a church painting had become a tourist attraction in the town of Borja.

    Apparently 160,000 have come to see this restoration, not sure I understand why, though. The town hopes that adding a museum and interpretation center will bring a steady stream of 30,000 visitors a year to what Dona Cecilia, in her 80s, did to the century old painting of Christ's face.

    Though I am kind of at a loss to understand this phenomenon, I certainly do hope it doesn't mean I'll have trouble finding a place to stay this summer on the Camino Castellano-Aragonés. :)
  2. Viranani

    Viranani Veteran Member Donating Member

    Jul 18, 2014
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    Wherever I am...currently in Myanmar
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Francés (2014, 2015)
    St Olav and Francés (2016)
    Baztanés and Onward (May 2017)
    Ingles and Camino de San Andrés de Teixido (July 2017)
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
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  3. alansykes

    alansykes Veteran Member

    Aug 29, 2010
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    Cumbria, UK
    Camino(s) past & future:
    VdlP (2010 & 2012), St Cuthbert's (2011), Madrid/Levante (2013),
    Sureste-Fisterra (2014), Deltebre-Padrón (2015), Mozárabe from Almería (2016)
    The curious case of the botched restoration of Borja's Ecce Homo gets stranger, with the premier this evening of an opera based on the story, presumably bringing even more tourists to the town.

    The fresco was tightly shut up when I walked past last autumn, so I never got to see it. I liked Borja, and its heavy tasty DO wine, but I thought Tarazona, the following day, was a far lovelier town, with its well-preserved judería, handsome basilica, 18th century arcaded plaza de toros and channelled river bisecting the town.
  4. oursonpolaire

    oursonpolaire Veteran Member

    Apr 4, 2007
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
    While I agree that Tarazona is a nicer town than Borja, the walk up to the Sanctuario does give you great views. To my mind, it's not a botched restoration, but rather a re-interpretation of the original-- the artist was accomplished and she clearly did this on purpose. Accommodation in Borja is a challenge, but not on account of this painting.
  5. SYates

    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

    Oct 15, 2012
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Francés 1999
    too many to list all
    Prague>Santiago 2014
    Via Regia/Ecumenical Pilgrims Way Germany Spring/Easter 2015
    Via de la Plata Feb/March 2016
    Via Regia/Ecumenical Pilgrims Way June&November 2016

    Just back from: Walking the CF in winter 2016/17
  6. mspath

    mspath Veteran Member Donating Member

    Nov 25, 2009
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Frances, autumn/winter; (2004), (2005-2006), (2007), (2008), (2009), (2010), (2011), (2012), (2013), (2014) (2015)
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