Irish tourist accused of carving initials into Rome’s Colosseum

An Irish tourist has been accused of defacing Rome’s Colosseum after security staff caught him carving his initials into the ancient structure.

The 32-year-old man, who was not identified, was spotted Monday by private security at the tourist spot and reported to Carabinieri police, according to CNN.

He allegedly used a metal point to etch his initials on a pillar of the first floor of the Colosseum, which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world, the outlet reported.

Police charged him with damaging a historical and artistic landmark in connection to the alleged vandalism, CNN reported.

The crime carries a penalty of up to one year in prison or a fine of no less than $2,400 (2,065 euros), the outlet reported.

“It is a monument that deserves everyone’s respect because it belongs to everyone, and it must remain so,” archaeologist Federica Rinaldi told CNN.

“Carving one’s initials, in addition to being a crime, seems to be a gesture of those who want to appropriate the monument. Better take a selfie!”

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