Thousands of residents in the Spanish city of Segovia are protesting against a planned 1.7-meter sculpture of a selfie-taking Satan, because they say it makes the devil appear too friendly.
The proposed bronze statue is intended as a tribute to a local legend which says the devil was tricked by a local Segovian into building the city’s famous bridge. It was hoped that the statue could symbolize the tale for the more than 800,000 tourists who visit the city, located north of Madrid, every year and take selfies on the bridge.
However, offended residents say the statue, which will be perched atop the aqueduct holding a smartphone and taking a selfie, makes the feared Prince of Darkness appear too friendly. Plans have now been placed on hold after more than 5,400 people (10% of the city’s population) signed a petition to stop the “jovial” statue because it is “offensive for Catholics, because it constitutes the glorification of evil.”