Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Malta's Azure Window, As Seen On 'Game Of Thrones,' Collapses Into Sea

Malta's Azure Window, As Seen On 'Game Of Thrones,' Collapses Into Sea

Past year in response to that and to concerns for public safety, the authorities banned walking across the site, with a fine of just over US$1,500 for lawbreakers. "The Window is gone for good, but hopefully its collapse will prompt citizens and politicians to reflect and take action to save what natural resources we have left, before it is too late".

Yesterday, one of the natural icons of the Mediterranean disappeared when Malta's Azure Window collapsed into the sea, reports Merrit Kennedy at NPR.

According to a 2013 study, geologists concluded the Azure Window would eventually collapse, but it was expected to survive for several decades. A powerful storm Wednesday caused the arch and its stack to collapse into the sea below, reports the Times of Malta.

The remarkable rock formation was created after two limestone sea caves collapsed.

According to Metro, a strong force of winds hit Malta on Tuesday which leads for the Gozo Channel ferry company to suspend their services.

Malta's Premier Joseph Muscat broke the news on Twitter, saying: "I have just been informed that the attractive Tieqa tad-Dwejra in has collapsed". The arch was one of the most famous symbols of Malta and featured in numerous films and tv series including "Game of Thrones".

Gozo minister Anton Refalo said the collapse of the Azure Window is like "losing a part of yourself", while Malta's prime minister tweeted about the news and shared some pictures.

"There was a big raging sea beneath the window", said Gozo resident Roger Chessell. "That sad day has arrived", he wrote.

The natural feature has been a tourist destination for years, located on Gozo Island.

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