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.