Colosseum, Rome, Italy

After causing serious damage in the world’s most well-known historical building, the 29-year-old Hungarian man was arrested by the Italian authorities.

Blikk reported that an Italian newspaper got the information about the incident, emphasising that this was not the first time when a tourist got caught damaging the Colosseum. This Hungarian man hewed a 10-centimetre-tall letter “T” into the building’s ancient wall with his hotel room card. The man was immediately taken to the local police station where he was charged with damaging a building part of the national cultural heritage.

According to the Italian newspaper, the man was unaware of the fact that he did something wrong because many other descriptions and letters can be seen on the walls of the Colosseum.

The Hungarian tourist can return to Hungary, but the police will make the necessary arrangements and procedures to judge his case. However, the punishment itself will only happen if he returns to Italy again. Abroad, the Italian authorities only have the right to sentence someone if the crime is severe enough.

The Hungarian man’s vandalism was the third in the last few days. On April 29, a Bulgarian boy also hewed the letters of his name in the wall; three days before this incident, an Israeli woman did the same with the names of her family members.

To avoid similar incidents in the future, the directorship of the Colosseum created a brand-new security protocol in a few hours, including the plans of installing more cameras and hiring more guards in the building. As an immediate step, the Colosseum’s sound system warns tourists in six different languages that damaging the building is strictly forbidden.

Besides these procedures, the Roman Government plans to create a “blacklist” about tourists who damaged the Colosseum. The names on the blacklist would be sent to the embassies, asking the tourists’ governments not to allow them into the Italian capital again.


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