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Museum visitor shattered 18th century statue while doing a selfie

Museum visitor shattered 18th century statue while doing a selfieAn 18th century statue was knocked down and smashed by a tourist who walked backwards to take a selfie with it, Daily Mail said on Wednesday.

The incident took place at the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon. The Brazilian tourist tried to take a selfie but staggered backwards into the sculpture of Saint Michael that was on a pedestal in one of the chambers of the museum.

It fell to the floor and shattered into several pieces. Nuno Miguel Rodrigues, who was in the chamber when the incident happened, took a picture of the smashed statue and posted it on Facebook.

“It's the price to be paid for free entrances on the first Sunday of every month,” Rodrigues said.

Jose Alberto Seabra Carvalho, a deputy director of the National Museum of Ancient Art told local media: “I've been working in the museum for many years and cannot recall anything similar happening.”

According to experts the damage done to the statue is irreversible.

The case is currently being investigated and the name of the man who knocked down the statue has not been made public.
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