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Botched restoration job has 'ruined' Roman-era murals in Turkey

One of the damaged mosaics is a world-famous depiction of the sacrifice of Issac

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A botched restoration job on Roman-era murals in Turkey has raised more than a few eyebrows.

Authorities are investigating the allegations made by a local craftsman that the condition of around 10 mosaics at the Hatay Archaeology Museum.

Hatay Museum is the world’s second largest mosaic museum in Turkey’s southern city of Hatay.

Craftsman Mehmet Daşkapan told Hurriyet Daily News that “Valuable pieces from the Roman period have been ruined. They have become caricatures of their former selves. Some are in an especially poor condition and have lost their originality and value.”

One of the damaged mosaics is a world-famous depiction of the sacrifice of Issac.

In response to Daşkapan’s claims, the deputy director of the Culture Ministry’s Heritage and Museums department Mustafa Bozdemir issued a statement carried by Hurriyet Daily News that an investigation commission has been tasked to look into the allegations

The commissions’ investigation has led to suspension of all further restoration work.

The so far unsuccessful restoration job has become the crux of humorous quips including that of a famous Turkish cartoonist who tweeted that “Perhaps, the restoration’s target was to liken him to Erdoğan” in reference to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

This latest archaeological mishap brings back painful memories of a 2012 scandal in Spain in which an elderly Spanish woman decided to restore a 19th century fresco of Jesus Christ at the Church of Santuario de Misericordi.

Her attempt ended with the image of Chris unrecognizable from the Elias Garcia Martinez original work.