Selfie spree destroys 126-year-old statue

Published on : Wednesday, May 11, 2016

lisbon-statueA selfie-snapping young man in Portugal is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.



An unidentified 24-year-old climbed, toppled and smashed a 126-year-old statue to bits while trying to take a selfie with it.


The particular statue was of child-king Dom Sebastiao which is a 126-year-old statue of a Portuguese king. It was completed in 1890. Dom Sebastiao died in battle in 1578, at the age of 24 when he waged a crusade against Morocco. His body was never identified which gave rise to the old legend that he would one day return to claim his throne and save the Portuguese from the turmoil.


The man tried to flee the scene, but was caught by police and will appear before a judge at a later date.


Isn’t it high time we think before snapping anything and everything that comes our way! Selfies are becoming both ally and enemy to the art world at the same time.

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5 Responses to Selfie spree destroys 126-year-old statue

  1. Simon Fourie says:

    It was a Dom thing to do

  2. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    Before selfies were enjoyable. Now it has reached new heights with some losing their lives while doing the stunts for which they never practiced. How to stop this is the question ???

  3. Christen Eliason says:

    On occasion I have taken selfie, but most times when I see people taking them I think, are you really that important? Whatever happened to asking someone to take a proper picture of us in front of a building, scene? Who knows we might actually interact with a human being!

  4. Mark Jensen says:

    I hope they put him in jail and charge him for the restoration

  5. Jim Foreman says:

    IMHO, selfies are the height of narcissism but the thing that stuck out was that Dom died fighting Muslims (called Moors at the time) So you see that battle has been going on for many years.

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