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Malta's Iconic Azure Window Collapses

The Azure Window Gozo's iconic landmark collapsed this morning Malta's Azure Window collapses into the sea
Edmund Wade | 12 March, 2017, 00:21

"That sad day arrived", Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted on Wednesday. He told the Times of Malta newspaper that the rough sea and wind conditions could have prompted the collapse. "The iconic Azure Window collapsed this morning, succumbing to the forces of nature and the passage of time", the country's official tourism site added, via Twitter. However, erosion eventually became such an issue that authorities banned walking over the site, instating a fine of over $1,500 for lawbreakers. The rock structure, which was located on the small island of Gozo, collapsed into the Mediterranean sea during a big storm this week.

Roger Chessell, from the village of Xaghra on Gozo, witnessed the collapse. "Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud 'whoomph, ' throwing up a huge spray".

A world-famous natural landmark in Malta, nicknamed "The Azure Window" and used as a backdrop in Game of Thrones, has collapsed into the sea. "By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too".

Reports were stating that tourists have done some damages to the formation of the Azure Window by jumping off the rock into the sea or dislodging clumps of rock in the process.

The Azure Window appeared in the very first episode of HBO's fantasy series - it was the location chosen for the Dothraki wedding scenes between Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).

The Island of Gozo's tourist board also lamented the loss of the rock formation, known locally as it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra, which it estimated that 80 percent of all tourists to the island had visited.

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