The Azure Window, a 50 metre high rock arch, at Dwejra Point cliffs on the west coast of the Maltese island of Gozo.
photo : Ugo Cei
A rock structure in the form of an arch which had featured in countless Malta tourism brochures collapsed into the sea on Wednesday in what Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described as a "heartbreaking event".
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— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM)
Prime Minister of Malta
The Azure Window in the Gozo island with the GeoGarage platform (UKHO map)
Geologists had long warned that the structure, on the north-western coast of the small island of Gozo, was eroding fast and the authorities had banned visitors from walking on top of it.
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Gozo resident Roger Chessell went to the coastline in the morning to take pictures.
"There was a big raging sea beneath the Azure Window," he told the Times of Malta newspaper. "Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray."
Prime Minister Muscat said in a Tweet that the famous Mediterranean landmark had always faced destruction because of natural corrosion. "That sad day has arrived," he wrote.
- BBC : Malta's Azure Window collapses into the sea
- The Telegraph : Malta's famous Azure Window rock formation has collapsed
- Times of Malta : Watch: The Azure Window is lost and gone forever
- WashingtonPost : ‘That sad day arrived’: Malta’s Azure Window, as seen on ‘Game of Thrones,’ collapses into sea