A natural arch featured in films and TV series including ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’ has collapsed.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the arch’s collapse yesterday on Twitter.
Known as the Azure Window, the limestone arch stood on Malta’s Gozo island and served as a picture frame for photographers wanting to capture the sunset over the waters of the Mediterranean. It’s often been described as the most photographed vista of the islands.
Steps had been taken by the government to preserve the arch, and visitors had been prohibited from climbing on the arch or swimming beneath it. Accord to Muscat, however, the landmark was always expected to be “hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion”.
In posting this picture of the site without the arch, he tweeted “The sad day arrived”. ~ Jason