Malta’s well-known Azure Window arch collapses into the ocean

Malta’s a lot liked arch, the Azure Window or Tieqa tad-Dwejra, as it’s recognized in Malta, was misplaced to the ocean yesterday morning.

The lack of this monumental rock moved the Maltese prime minster Joseph Muscat, to tweet the information. “Heartbreaking,” he mentioned.

This limestone arch close to Dwejra Bay on Gozo, an island within the Maltese archipelago, is one in all featured within the HBO tv collection Video games of Thrones and been infamous as a cliff-jumping location.

“Studies commissioned over time indicated that this landmark could be onerous hit by unavoidable pure corrosion. That unhappy day arrived,” tweeted Mr Muscat.

The Arch has all the time been a must-see web site for vacationers, some taking boat journeys that adopted the cliffs to see it.

In 2013 a geological research discovered that erosion was inevitable and the federal government made it unlawful for guests to stroll on it – against the law punishable by a nice of €1,500 (£1,233).

Learn our articles on Gozo, Malta’s diminutive sister and The hidden wonders of Gozo, Malta’s sister island the place we admired Azure Window.

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