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


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