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Travellers are jetting out of south-east airports on faith tourism holidays in increasing numbers. But no religious relic can ape the accidental attraction that is now wowing Spanish church-goers in their tens of thousands - the “Monkey Christ”. This disfigured church fresco, now a top tourist destination in Zaragoza is actually the result of a botched restoration job.

Tourists flying out from the likes of London Gatwick and London Stansted can now marvel - or snigger - at something that looks like a scene out of a Mr Bean film. Over 40,000 people have flocked to view amateur artist Cecilia Gimenez's bungled bid to restore a 1930 painting showing Jesus crowned with thorns, since it won global attention last August. This was originally painted by Elias Garcia Martinez at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borja, Zaragoza. Visitors have so far raised 50,000 euros (£43,000) for charity in entrance fees.

The artist and the local authority are now set to sign a merchandising contract to put the hilarious image on plates, postcards, cigarette lighters and other souvenirs. Zaragoza rests on the Ebro river in a valley with landscapes ranging from desert to thick forest, meadows and mountains. The city is renowned for its folklore, sumptuous local dishes and landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace. The latter two and many other buildings form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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