The Latest Priceless Art Restoration Disaster Is One for the History Books

You all right, Spain? In what is most certainly a contender for worst art restoration project, a 500-year-old wooden effigy of San Jorge de Estella in the Spanish city of Estella-Lizarra has been, uh, restored by a “handicrafts teacher,” according to the Guardian. The end result isn’t a pretty sight, and has left some people more than upset, myself included. Read More >>

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Watch a Destroyed 17th Century Map Get Painstakingly Restored

A 17th century map was found in a chimney in Scotland and then delivered to the National Library of Scotland crumpled inside a plastic bag, basically destroyed. Just unravelling the fragile, centuries-old map seemed impossible enough, but the team at the National Library managed to figure out a way to salvage and restore it. Read More >>

China Reveals Disastrous Concrete Restoration for Great Wall

An amazingly baffling and insensitive bit of restoration along China's Great Wall has been revealed, with the new topping along part of the wall resembling the sort of concrete path your dad might have smeared down the middle of the garden in the 1980s. Read More >>

Jesus’s Tomb is Finally Getting the Restoration it Didn’t Get 200 Years Ago Due to Fighting Monks

The are many reasons one might put off a much-needed home improvement project. Budget. Troubles finding the right contractor. When it came to the tomb where Christians believe Jesus was buried, it was two centuries of infighting between some very possessive monks. Read More >>

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Watch 130-Year-Old Samurai Armour Get Restored to a Pristine and Fearsome State 

Iki-ningyō are life-sized dolls that were primarily used in festivals and exhibitions in Japan. This one, which belongs to the Victoria and Albert Museum is estimated to have been made around 1880, shortly after the samurai class was outlawed. Read More >>

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After Years of Turmoil, a Legendary Steam Engine Rolls Again 

After undergoing a decade-long restoration that cost £4.2 million, the Flying Scotsman, the most famous British locomotive in history, has been brought back to life. The legend rolls again. Read More >>

Egypt Sends Eight Museum Staff to Trial Over Botched King Tut Repair

Last year, it came to light that the blue and gold braided beard on King Tut’s burial mask was knocked off during a botched cleaning attempt then hastily glued back on using epoxy. Now, Egypt’s decided that more than just poor Tut’s head must roll over the debacle. Read More >>

The Extraordinary Restoration of a 1920s Temple of Cinema

A little over a year ago, I visited the restoration of the run-down King's Theater in Brooklyn. Its mouldy walls were being gutted, and what remained intact was being made into moulds. The entire main stage and audience seating was filled with scaffolding. But today, fast approaching its deadline, the theatre is coming together—and it's grand. Read More >>

Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid is Being Destroyed by the Company Hired to Fix It

Saqqara, in Egypt, is the oldest stone complex ever built by humans—and within it sits the oldest pyramid in Egypt. It's a piece of irreplaceable history that's been crumbling for 4,600 years. But according to local news reports, it's currently being destroyed by the company hired to "restore" it. Read More >>

X-Ray Reveals Real Human Teeth in 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue

During an otherwise routine restoration, researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) made a highly unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they'd been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100 per cent human pearly whites—totally intact all the way to the roots. Read More >>

Step Inside the Restoration of the Original Boeing 747

The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory. Read More >>

Watch as Laser Scanners and CNC Millers Restore a Castle’s Gargoyles

Even a building made of stone is still subject to the ravages of time, and the intricately carved gargoyles on Kronborg Castle in Denmark were in desperate need of repair before they crumbled into dust. We all know how easy it is to replicate something using a 3D printer, but if you need something made of stone, it's a slightly more involved process. Read More >>

Glue Made From Sturgeons Holds This Ruined Masterpiece Together

Giorgio Vasari's "Last Supper," catastrophically damaged by the 1966 flooding of the Arno River in Florence, has finally been pieced together again—with the help of glue made from sturgeons. That's right: fish. Read More >>

Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mould Off Rome’s Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini's ill advised decision to build a major road nearby. Read More >>

Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138 Year Old Brooklyn Bank

Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, is the closed Williamsburg Savings Bank. The domed building hails from a time when banks were grand, church like spaces. Now, after years of deterioration, the space is finally being restored, as a social hub intended for the burgeoning community that is Williamsburg. Read More >>