Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that the country’s iconic Azure Window natural rock arch has collapsed into the sea.
The limestone formation — known in Malta as Tieqa tad-Dwejra — has been featured in several films and television shows, such as Game of Thrones and 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo.
Muscat called the collapse of the arch “heartbreaking.”
“I have just been informed that the beautiful Tieqa tad-Dwejra in Gozo has collapsed,” Muscat said in a statement. “Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived.”
The arch was part of the island of Gozo, one of 21 islands that make up the archipelago that constitutes Malta, south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Read more