Saturday, 16 December, 2017

'It's heartbreaking': Maltese mourn collapse of Azure Window arch

Warning signs at Dwejra were meant to ward off people from walking over the Azure Window Warning signs at Dwejra were meant to ward off people from walking over the Azure Window
Felix Bryan | 12 March, 2017, 00:22

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 formation, sometimes called the Dwejra Window, formerly stood on the western coast of Malta's Gozo Island, forming an archway that extended outward into the Mediterranean. "By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too".

It served as the spectacular backdrop for Daenerys Targaryen's wedding to Khal Drogo in the first ever episode of "Game of Thrones".

The Azure Window, found on Malta's Gozo Island, collapsed early Wednesday (March 8) after gale force winds and a heavy rainstorm roiled the area, according to news reports. The arch was one of the most famous symbols of Malta and featured in numerous films and tv series including "Game of Thrones".

Malta's Premier Joseph Muscat broke the news on Twitter, saying: "I have just been informed that the lovely Tieqa tad-Dwejra in has collapsed". "Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion".

"There was a big raging sea beneath the window", local resident Roger Chessell told the Times. "That sad day arrived", Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted on Wednesday.

He said: "There are many, many people who are interested in what can happen after this huge, incredible landmark disappeared".

The prime minister admitted there was a "great deal of local and global interest" in the 50m-high limestone arch on the island of Gozo, in Dwejra Bay, which had attracted thousands of tourists a year.

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