Malta's famous rock window: Now you see it, now you don't

PHOTO: REUTERS
PHOTO: REUTERS

Malta’s famous coastal rock formation, the Azure Window (above), has collapsed into the sea after heavy storms.

Where the outcrop once stood, there is now a sheer cliff. The limestone arch on the north-western coast of the small island of Gozo was believed to have formed naturally in the mid-19th century.

The country’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described the collapse on Wednesday as a “heartbreaking event”.

No one was injured. Geologists had long warned it could give way at any time and visitors had been banned from walking on top of it.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2017, with the headline 'Malta's famous rock window: Now you see it, now you don't'. Print Edition | Subscribe