Iconic Azure Window rock arch in Malta collapses


VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Azure Window, a natural rock arch which jutted onto the sea of Malta and was a backdrop for the “Game of Thrones” TV series, has collapsed in a storm.

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Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted on Wednesday his “heartbreaking” sadness at the loss of one of the main tourist attractions on the island of Gozo.

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No one was injured.

Geologist Peter Gatt said the limestone pillar supporting the arch gave way. He attributed the collapse to years of erosion by both under- and over-ground sea swells.

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The window also served as a backdrop in the 1981 movie “Clash of the Titans.”

With parts of the rock formation crumbling over the years, the government last month enacted €1,500 fines ($2,300) for anyone caught walking across the arch.