Game of Thrones landmark, the Azure Window, crumbles to the sea
- Author: Ernesto Newman Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:22
Prime Minister Muscat said in a Tweet that the famous Mediterranean landmark had always faced destruction because of natural corrosion. "That sad day has arrived", he said. "There was a big raging sea beneath the window", he tells the Times of Malta.
According to the Times of Malta, a 2013 government report had concluded that while the erosion was inevitable, the structure was in no immediate danger of collapsing.
Authorities introduced fines for walking over the arch, according to The Guardian, but they were "rarely enforced". Local media outlets also mentioned the heavy storm when reporting about the collapse. This morning as everyone knows the Azure Window collapsed completely, an icon that is synonymous with the island of Gozo.
Local resident Roger Chessell was there when the iconic arch collapsed. "Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea".
No one was injured as the rock formation came crashing down into the sea. "By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too".
The natural landmark is now perpetuated in the first season of popular HBO series "Game Of Thrones" as well as in the original 1981 version of 'Clash of the Titans'. Numerous residents have witnessed what happened to the Azure Window as it collapsed into the sea.
The natural feature has been a tourist destination for years, located on Gozo Island.
The Island of Gozo's tourist board also lamented the loss of the rock formation, known locally as it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra, which it estimated that 80 percent of all tourists to the island had visited.