An Irish tourist is caught holding his initial mark on the columns of the Colosseum in Rome.
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An Irish tourist has been arrested for engaging in the most common activities at heritage sites in India. The 32-year-old man was charged with vandalizing the Colosseum, one of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions. He was pushed by security personnel when he allegedly engraved his name on the face of the great structure.
The Colosseum’s personal security caught up with him and the accused was later handed over to the Carabinieri police. He used a metal face to make his debut. The insulting mark was about 6 centimeters high, which damaged a pillar on the first floor of the 2,000-year-old monument.
The identity of the accused is hidden. According to CNN, he has been accused of damaging historical and artistic landmarks. Crime is not taken lightly in Italian law. If convicted, he will have to pay a hefty fine. Under the Italian law book, the offense carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison or a minimum of 2,065 euros, or about 1.7 million euros, although this is a minimum amount, depending on the decision.
Archaeologist Federica Reynolds, who was responsible for the ancient Roman amphitheater, said, “The Colosseum, like any monument that represents the history of all of us, must be preserved and passed on to future generations.” Told CNN
Colosseum safety is always on the lookout for vandals. In 2014, a Russian tourist was fined 20,000 euros (approximately Rs 17 lakh) for writing the letter “K” on a brickwork.
The Colosseum is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site. In its heavens, it had 50,000 spectators seated when they gathered to watch gladiatorial battles thousands of years ago.