The Azure Window, a limestone arch on Gozo island in Malta, crumbled into the Mediterranean Sea after heavy storms this morning (March 8). It was not only a national landmark but beloved worldwide, the setting for dramatic scenes in film and TV, most recently in Game of Thrones.
“There was a big raging sea beneath the window. Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray. By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too,” Ronald Chessell, a resident of Xagħra, a village on Gozo, told the Times of Malta.
It is a very sad day for Malta. The iconic Azure Window collapsed this morning, succumbing to the forces of nature and the passage of time. pic.twitter.com/ovc8Yj9gWH— VisitMalta (@VisitMalta) March 8, 2017