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Istanbul locals disappointed by castle's ‘Spongebob’ makeover

The restoration of a castle ruin in Istanbul’s Şile district has become a laughing stock after being likened to cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants and a castle that could be straight out of video game Minecraft.

Castle ruins in Istanbul’s Şile district.
Castle ruins in Istanbul’s Şile district. Image by phileole / CC BY 2.0

Before and after photos of the castle show the stark contrast between the 2000-year-old crumbling original and the neat, childlike castle facade that was erected during the restoration, with windows that give the impression of a digital smiley face. Frustrated locals took to social media to express their disbelief. Read more: hurriyetdailynews.com