Malta's famous landmark, the Azure Window has collapsed!
A few days ago I was surprised and disappointed to read news of the Azure Window located on the Maltese Island of Gozo, collapsed due to heavy storms.
I was very lucky to have visited this natural landmark 2 years ago and I was really looking forward to re-visiting Malta and seeing it again. But it looks as though the "Azure Window" of old will be absent on my next visit.
Azure Window History
This beautiful structure was a result of natural erosion by the sea over the course of many hundreds of years. In recent decades, the window actually became wider as more erosion caused more and more pieces of rock to fall. Despite some efforts from the Maltese government to protect the landmark, it was all delaying the inevitable as nature eventually took it's course and on the 8th of March, the outer part of the window collapsed in full.
It's hard to believe that this natural landmark which was featured in countless films as well as being one of Malta's most visited attractions is no longer around! I feel like I was a part of history by seeing it before it was gone, and even getting a photo.
I guess attention will now turn to the lesser known limestone natural arch in Malta called Wied il-Mielaħ Window. Which is not too far from the Azure window. Incidentally, I didn't even know about this natural arch when I visited Malta last time. It seems we always discover new things in the event of tragedy.
Have you guys ever visited the Azure Window in Malta? Or, perhaps you've seen it in the famous Game of Thrones ?
I'd love to see pictures or your stories of your visit!