Man climbs 126-year-old statue to take a selfie, breaks it into pieces

Technically Incorrect: In Lisbon, Portugal, a railway station enjoys a beautiful statue of a 16th century king. Until a selfie-taker tries to climb it.

Chris Matyszczyk
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The fallen statue.

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Nothing is sacred.

Everything is just a backdrop for a selfie.

The world, sadly, is full of backdrops that really don't appreciate being backdrops for someone's Facebook posts.

And so it is, reports the New York Post, that a young man took one look at a 126-year-old statue of Portuguese king Dom Sebastiao last Tuesday and thought he could hop on it and take a selfie.

The statue stands outside the beautiful Rossio train station in Lisbon. Or, rather, stood.

It seems, you see, that as the man climbed the statue, Dom Sebastiao decided not to participate in this historic moment and crumbled to the ground.

Portugal's Observador newspaper reports
that Infraestruturas de Portugal, the government entity responsible for the statue, will press charges against the 24-year-old man. Lisbon police didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pictures obtained by Brazil's Globo show that the statue was left in pieces.

This isn't the first time that the need to take a selfie has obliterated the need to either think or have respect.

Just last year, two Californian women decided they needed to make their selfie at Rome's Colosseum a touch more original. So they carved their initials into the walls with a coin.

Of course, it will keep happening, regardless of whether the selfie is dangerous to the person taking it or to the monument that's getting abused.

One day, perhaps, there will be a Museum of the Ill-Judged Selfie. I fancy it will be very popular.