The natural ‘Azure Window’ rock arch, that served as the perfect backdrop for Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo’s wedding in the first episode ‘Game Of Thrones’, is sadly no more. Due to a really powerful storm on Wednesday, the arch and its stack that jutted off Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago, collapsed into the sea.
“There was a big raging sea beneath the window,” said local resident Roger Chessell, who witnessed the collapse. “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.”
The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, tweeted about the incident calling it heartbreaking.
The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/S4XV6MyKRu— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017
Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived.— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017
Locally known as it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra, the Island of Gozo’s tourist board also mourned the loss of the spectacular rock formation with a Facebook post.
“The inevitable and the much feared has happened,” it said via a statement on Facebook. “The flagship of the Gozitan touristic sites has sunk in its same birth place from where for thousands of years, it stood high and proud heralding one of the natural beauties our little island is endowed with.”
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