Southwest made a startling discovery earlier this month.
15.09.2023 - 07:59 / insider.com
A tourist climbed onto a historic statue in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday and accidentally broke a portion of it, according to a report by the local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
In a video posted by Het Nieuwsblad, a man in a white shirt and a pair of black shorts was shown trying to get down from the statue. The man is said to be from Ireland, per the report.
Later in the video, a piece of the statue — which the man was shown holding — broke off and fell to the ground. The man was then shown walking away from the statue.
The statue, which comprises a lion and a figure of a man with a torch in hand, is a part of the Brussels Stock Exchange building, per Het Niewsblad. The tourist had broken the statue just a day after it was shown to the public, following a three-year restoration project that cost 17,600 euros, or around $18,750, the newspaper reported.
Police later arrested the man at a fast food joint that was located near the statue, according to Het Niewsblad. The Brussels Stock Exchange said it expects the man to pay for the broken statue's restoration, per the report.
Nel Vandevennet, who was part of the team that renovated the statue, said that the repairs are going to take a few weeks or even months. "We thought the sculptures would enjoy greater respect. We just think it's very sad this happened," he told the Belgian broadcaster VRT.
"The repairs are going to cost a lot of money because the work will have to be done by real craftsmen," Vandevennet said.
It's not the first time a tourist has misbehaved overseas. In October last year, an American tourist smashed two sculptures and hurled them into the ground during a visit to the Vatican Museum. In July, a tourist defaced part of the Colosseum in Rome and used a key to carve "Ivan+Haley 23" on a wall.
The Brussels police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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