A priceless 300-year-old statue in Lisbon’s National Museum of Ancient Art shattered after it was knocked over by a tourist trying to snap a selfie. Museum officials said the statue of Saint Michael, which dates back to the early 1700s, is broken beyond repair.
The offending tourist had the audacity to post a photo of the destroyed statue to Facebook and said, “It’s the price to be paid for free entrances on the first Sunday of every month.”
Portugal’s Ministry of Culture said the accident has raised concerns about adequate security in the museum, which museum officials said was lacking.
“This misfortune has called attention to these issues,” the Ministry said, adding an increase in museum staff “is underway.”
Portuguese authorities are still investigating and are unsure if any charges will be filed against the tourist.