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 considered one of featured within the HBO tv sequence Video games of Thrones and been infamous as a cliff-jumping location.

“Reviews commissioned through the years indicated that this landmark can be laborious hit by unavoidable pure corrosion. That unhappy day arrived,” tweeted Mr Muscat.

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

In 2013 a geological examine discovered that erosion was inevitable and the federal government made it unlawful for guests to stroll on it – a criminal offense punishable by a tremendous 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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