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TBC Staff

Medieval Mickey Mouse?

CNN, 11/15/02, KLAGENFURT, Austria - Restoration work on an Austrian church has uncovered a 700-year-old fresco that some say bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse. The "medieval Mickey" is one of a group of animals and mythical creatures surrounding St Christopher on the exterior of a church in the village of Malta in the province of Carinthia. 

Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is shown standing in a river. 

Art historian Eduard Mahlknecht said the mouse-like creature could be beaver or a weasel. 

The fresco dates from around 1300, Mahlknecht said. 

Malta's mayor, Hans Peter Schaar, joked that "perhaps Hollywood could become our partner city."