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Furious tourist smashes Vatican City statues after being refused Pope meeting

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smashed an ancient Vatican City statue after he was refused a meeting with the Pope.The incident occurred in the Vatican’s Chiaramonti Museum on October 5 at around midday.The man, who was in his 50s, asked to meet Pope Francis - but directed his anger at an ancient statue after being told no.It smashed on the floor and, as he tried to flee the area, another sculpture was smashed.READ MORE: Terrifying moment Crimean Bridge was rocked by explosion damaging Putin's key crossingThe two damaged pieces of artwork are now at a conservation laboratory with the man's motives for wanting to meet the Pope unknown.An official statement from the Vatican read: “The person who knocked down the statues was stopped by the Vatican police and has been handed over to the Italian authorities." A representative for the Chiaramonti museum told Il Messaggero that the two damaged relics in question, which are around 2,000 years old, are “minor works” within the museum’s collection.

However, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos, the pieces of art will require roughly €15,000 (£13,185) spent on them and between 300 and 350 hours of restoration work.Although such work is under way, experts believe they will never be the same again.

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