ROME – A Spanish tourist has died after being hit on the head by a piece of stone that became detached from the interior of the iconic Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, Italy, police sources confirmed to EFE on Thursday.
Emergency services were immediately deployed to the historic building, though they were unable to save the life of the man who had been bashed in the head by a chapiter – the uppermost part of a column – in the nave.
Police did not make his identity public, but Italian media reported that he was 52 years old.
Florence police said officers were still inside the Basilica and had cordoned the area off while they carried out the necessary checks to avoid any further incidents.
Santa Croce, a Gothic basilica constructed in 1433, is one of Italy’s most important Franciscan churches and among the city’s most popular tourist destinations.