Azure Window Collapses

It’s a sad day for the citizens of Malta and everyone who loves to visit this beautiful island country in the Mediterranean Sea. The famed Azure Window, a natural rock formation on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapsed this morning. Strong winds and high seas battered the coastline overnight and the arch succumbed to the inevitable forces of nature this morning. The 92-ft high arch was a popular tourist attraction and dive site on the island. When Mary and I visited Gozo in April 2015, we hiked 17 miles along the coast, stopping at the Azure Window for lunch that day.

The Azure Window was one of the Maltese Islands’ most distinctive sites, attracting thousands of tourists every year. It served as the backdrop in films such as Clash of the Titans (1981) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). It can also be seen in the television miniseries The Odyssey (1997) and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The 92-ft high Azure Window as I photographed it in 2015. There were people standing on top that day. Thankfully, there are no reports of anyone being injured by the collapse.

Site of the Azure Window today. Photo by Marlon George Grech.

More information about the collapse.

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