A man accidentally destroyed a 126-year-old statue earlier this week, during a disastrous attempt to snap a selfie. Please carry this story in your heart the next time you visit a museum, because it really seems like a matter of time before somebody smashes a valuable piece of ancient Greek artwork.
The man, whom police did not identify, accidentally toppled Dom Sebastiao’s statue after climbing up to its pedestal outside the ornate Rossio railway station in central Lisbon just before midnight on Tuesday....
The child-sized statue of the sad-eyed, sword-wielding king stood in a niche between two horseshoe-shaped arches at the entrance to the station. Completed in 1890, the station is a protected monument.
Don’t do this.
Dom Sebastiao in his better days. Photo via Shutterstock.