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Beautiful Azure Window got destroyed

Manuel Becker Manuel Becker in News
31.03.2017 · 1 min read

The Azure Window was one of the most iconic places in Malta for photographers, tourists and locals of course. Unfortunately the rock formation collapsed earlier this month and there is no chance of getting it back.

It was definitely a shocking moment when the iconic Azure Window collapsed at the 8th of March 2017 in the morning at around 9:40 am. What first sounded like a joke, was very soon confirmed by the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat via Twitter: "Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived."

The landmark was already shown in HBO’s Game of Thrones and many other international ad campaigns. The place now appears as if it never existed and it collapsed because of a storm, accompanied by strong waves hitting the stack of the rock formation. A profound geological study from 2013 inferred, that the formation was not in danger of collapsing and should still survive for decades. The corrosion though was unavoidable and the landmark could probably not have been saved in any way.

While this has been a sad day for Malta and people all over the world, it still shows us again, that nature often is not predictable and that we should never underestimate it.

Have you been at the Azure Window? If so, we would love to see your photo within this spot.

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Peter Iliev
Peter Iliev 18.04.2017 , edited
There's another one just like this. In Bulgaria, on the Black Sea. North of Varna. Google "Tyulenovo arch". Ping me if you're nearby and we'll have beers.
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 18.04.2017
Sounds good and I just did google it... definitely looks cool too! You are living nearby? Feel free to add this spot if you didn't already, because I would definitely add this to my bookmark list. I guess we need a note feature for spots so that I could add "beer with Peter" to it... :)
Peter Iliev
Peter Iliev 18.04.2017
"Have a beer with local photographers" is a great idea for a feature of the site, Manuel :)

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