Selfie-takers break priceless Hercules statue in Italy

The broken statue (L)  in the Loggia dei Militi palace (R) in Cremona, Italy.
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The broken statue (L) in the Loggia dei Militi palace (R) in Cremona, Italy.

The terrible combination of tourists and selfies is causing chaos once again after two tourists shattered a priceless Italian Hercules statue.

The pair climbed the statue to take a selfie when they snapped off a piece of the marble crown that sits on top of the monument, the Corriere della Sera reported.

Police have identified the men responsible but have not released information on their nationalities. Experts have been brought in to assess the damage.

The Statue of The two Hercules, in the Loggia dei Militi palace, dates back to 1700, and is considered to be a symbol of the city Cremona, in northern Italy.

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This isn't the first time tourists around the world have broken historical monuments or defaced sites of religious or national importance.

Earlier this year, two Americans faced charges for carving their names into the Colosseum.

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Just last year, a New Zealand-based woman was detained in Cambodia after knocking over a Buddha statue at a temple.

And in 2013, a 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one less finger on its left hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit.

 - Stuff

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