What Malta's Azure Window looks like now

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By Pierre Bertrand
What Malta's Azure Window looks like now

<p>Weather conditions around the small Mediterranean archipelago of Malta have eased enough to allow divers to inspect the Azure Window rock monument underwater.</p> <p>Rough weather and heavy seas <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/08/malta-mourns-iconic-azure-window-arch">brought about the collapse</a> of the 50-metre tall stone arch on Malta’s Gozo island.</p> <p>Raniero Borg, an experienced diver, was one of the first to visit and film the world-famous arch in its final resting place. </p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/euronews/albums/72157681113539336" title="Malta mourns iconic Azure Window arch"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/614/33209972211_256d190b05_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Malta mourns iconic Azure Window arch"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>He shared a video of his findings on his social media accounts.</p> <p>The area is also a popular destination for underwater diving.</p> <p>The natural monument was a popular tourist destination and featured in films and on television. It served as a backdrop to the 1981 film <em>Clash of the Titans</em> and more recently in the <span class="caps">HBO</span> series <em>Game of Thrones</em>. </p> <p>Geologists had warned the arch was rapidly eroding and police had banned visitors from walking on top of it.</p> <p>Roger Chessell, a resident of the island, <a href="http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170308/local/the-azure-window-lost-and-gone-forever.641810">witnessed the arch’s</a> collapse. <br /> “There was a big raging sea beneath the window,” he told the Times of Malta. “Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud ‘whoomph’, throwing up a huge spray. By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too.”</p> <p>Malta’s prime minister on Twitter called the formation’s collapse “heartbreaking.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Heartbreaking. <a href="https://t.co/S4XV6MyKRu">pic.twitter.com/S4XV6MyKRu</a></p>— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) <a href="https://twitter.com/JosephMuscat_JM/status/839403739974893568">March 8, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>