There was commotion in Vatican City after a tourist flew into a rage over not having a private meeting with Pope Francis.
The man, of Egyptian nationality, had requested an audience with the Supreme Pontiffwhich one of the managers of the place denied him, so the tourist quickly got angry and began to hit everything around him.
“It is a gesture of a deranged person,” Vatican press spokesman Matteo Bruni said.
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After the facts, the security guards of the Vatican Museum managed to reduce the touristwho can be seen in a photo posted on Instagram by Erik Walters, another tour guide who happened to be at the same site.
“The guy kneeling on the left in one of the Vatican Museums galleries knocked down two 2,000-year-old marble Roman busts. A picture is worth a thousand words,” the post mentioned.
There is little clarity about the methods of the tourist to remove the busts that were in that place, because in theory, these are anchored to the showcases, but the statues, which date back more than 2,000 years, ended up on the ground.
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According to the restorers of the Vatican Museum, the Roman sculptures were on a shelf and had no significant damage. They also confirmed that both pieces have already been sent to the restoration laboratory.
According to the Spanish newspaper ‘ABC’, the sculptures are part of the exhibition at the Chiaramonti Museum and are located in the gallery that connects with the Belverde Palace.
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The Egyptian tourist, after being reduced by the security of the place, was handed over to the Italian authorities, who are waiting to start the respective investigation.
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