Tourists ruin 300-year-old statue while trying for selfie

Tourists ruin 300-year-old statue while trying for selfie
Two male tourists in Cremona, Italy, climbed on the priceless, 300-year-old statue of The Statue of the Two Hercules, shattering it because they wanted to take a selfie. They could face criminal charges for damaging the marble statue in the Loggia dei Militi palace.

Selfie smash.

We coined this term to describe what two tourists in Cremona, Italy, did last week. The pair climbed on a priceless 300-year-old statue of Hercules, shattering it because they wanted to take a selfie.

They could face criminal charges for damaging the marble statue in the Loggia dei Militi palace, reported the Mirror.

The Statue of the Two Hercules is regarded as a symbol of the city, reported the Daily Mail. Hercules is the city's mythical founder and the statue shows two figures of the Greek demi-god holding the emblem of Cremona.

Corriere della Sera reported that police have identified two men who they believe broke off the piece of the statue.

Experts are being brought in to assess the damage and determine whether the statue can be repaired.

BAD BEHAVIOUR

Recent months have seen a spate of bad behaviour by tourists in Italy.

A Japanese woman got into trouble with the law in March after she wrote her name and a date on a 15th century dome of the Florence Cathedral. She used an eyeliner pencil but it did not leave any permanent damage.

In the same month, two women from California were arrested for carving their initials into the Colosseum in Rome. After carving the 20cm-tall letters, the women posed for a selfie.


This article was first published on May 10, 2015.
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