The famous Hercules statue before… (Photo: Tibor Bognar / Alamy)
… and destroyed by a selfie gone wrong. (Photo: Twitter)
A priceless Italian statue of Hercules from the 18th Century had it’s marble crown shattered into pieces. Was it another cruel act of terrorism by ISIS? Was it the result of an unstoppable force of nature like a devastating earthquake?
No, it was thanks to two tourists trying to take a selfie.
Two visitors to the 13th century Loggia dei Militi palace in Cremona, Italy, where the statue is housed, are now facing criminal charges after breaking the more than 300-year-old work of art. The pair was allegedly climbing on the marble Statue of the Two Hercules in an effort to get the perfect photo, when the crown that sits atop the sculpture came off and smashed to pieces on the ground, according to a report in The Independent.
According to lore, Hercules is said to have founded Cremona, and the statute depicted the mythological character holding the emblem of the city, which includes the crown. The statue was an iconic emblem of Cremona.
Experts have assessed the damage and are determining whether the statue can be repaired.
The nationalities of the tourists have not been revealed.
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