The ancient Roman landmark which inspired the icy Wall in
Game Of Thrones
is being damaged by selfie-seeking tourists, it has been claimed.
Hadrian's Wall in Britain was built in the second century CE and marked the northern border of the Roman Empire's expansion.
Stretching more than 117km, it is the largest example of imperial Roman architecture in the world.
But a local photographer, Pete Savin, snapped some shots which showed the ancient structure had sustained some recent damage from sightseers.
One photo shows a section of the wall fully tumbled down, while another shows stones pried off the wall right next to a sign warning people to keep off.
'Heartbreaking to see more of #HadriansWall damaged this morning by irresponsible visitors climbing on the wall,' Mr Savin tweeted.
Mr Savin's photos have since received some media attention in the UK, which he said he hoped would lead to greater awareness of the need to preserve the historic site.
Hadrian's Wall served as a source of inspiration for author George RR Martin, on whose books
Game Of Thrones
was based, in the creation of his own fictional wall, which serves as a key location in the series.
Martin previously told Rolling Stone his visit to Hadrian's Wall in 1981 had evoked a 'profound feeling' within him as he tried to imagine what an ancient Roman legionary might have felt serving in the wall's garrisons.
'It was the sense of this barrier against dark forces – it planted something in me,' he said.
'But when you write fantasy, everything is bigger and more colourful, so I took the Wall and made it three times as long and 700 feet high, and made it out of ice.'
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