Angel mural resembling Turkish president’s face is coincidental: report says
DHA PhotosAn investigation launched to clarify a citizen’s claim that an angel mural in Sümela Monastery appeared to have the likeness of President Abdullah Gül revealed that murals in the monastery had not been touched since the 17th Century, daily Hürriyet has reported.
A citizen, who recently visited the monastery in the Black Sea province of Trabzon's Maçka district with his wife, noticed the similarity of the mural to Gül and took a photo of it. Gül was subsequently informed of the matter by a letter and an investigation followed.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül.
The citizen was reportedly not the only person who thought the mural resembled the president. European Union ambassadors who visited the monastery in 2009 were also surprised after seeing the mural, believing it resembled the president, reports said.