A 24 -year-old man has smashed a 126-year-old statue of a Portuguese king after toppling the iconic carving while climbing it to take a selfie.
The unidentified man climbed onto the pedestal of the Dom Sebastiao statue at Rossio railway station in Lisbon as he was not tall enough to capture the perfect selfie. Dom Sebastian, known as the child king, was a young leader who ruled Portugal from 1557 – 1578 after taking the throne aged three following the deaths of his father and grandfather.
However, he bumped it in carelessness, causing the statue to tumble down and break into pieces. He tried to flee the scene but police caught him. The man will appear before a judge at a later date.
Maybe next time, he’ll remember to use a Selfie Stick to get the required elevation instead!