This morning Malta’s most important landmark, the Azure Window, collapsed into the churning sea, after severe storms with gale force winds battered its weak structure. The pillar which was supporting the arch collapsed, and the entire structure crashed down into the sea, with nothing remaining visible above sea level.
Recently our photographer Ruben Drenth captured the arch in its full glory.
The Azure Window developed through sea and rain erosion of a cliff face over a period of about 500 years. The arch was one of Malta’s main tourist landmarks, and it was a popular backdrop in photographs. It was included in a Special Area of Conservation, and in 1998, it was included on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with the rest of Dwejra Bay
Check out Ruben’s photo story on Malta