Then and Now Pics: Maltese mourn collapse of iconic Azure Window, as seen in GOT

2017-03-14 12:36 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Maltese and tourists alike are finding it hard to move on following the collapse of the famous Azure Window -  an iconic rock formation on the island of Gozo in Malta, which has appeared in films and TV shows, including "Game of Thrones".

A strong storm on 8 March saw the collapse of the limestone formation, leaving locals devastated, as many Gozitans headed to the area to see what happened with their own eyes, despite a police warning to avoid the area.

Maltese Prime Minister Josef Muscat shared a "heartbreaking" tweet on the loss of the Azure Window.

"The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Heartbreaking," he tweeted.

"Goodbye #AzureWindow At least I saw this natural landmark back in November," tweeted user @nicole_mifsud.

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According to Dr Peter Gatt, a geologist who conducted one of the government studies on the Azure Window, there was little that could have been done about as findings highlighted weaknesses with the rock structure.

“However, we did not know the condition of the base of the pillar, and once it moved it took everything with it.”

Iconic Azure Window then

Now

Although the collapse was met with great loss, locals and visitors still find the place attractive with some  mimicking what used to be an iconic attraction.

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