Nature Just Obliterated A Famous ‘Game Of Thrones’ Landmark

By Lee Moran

It served as the spectacular backdrop for Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding to Khal Drogo in the first ever episode of “Game of Thrones.”

But the natural “Azure Window” rock arch that jutted off Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago is sadly no more. A powerful storm Wednesday caused the arch and its stack to collapse into the sea below, reports the Times of Malta.

“There was a big raging sea beneath the window,” said local resident Roger Chessell, who witnessed the collapse. “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.”

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called the collapse of the limestone rock “heartbreaking.”

He revealed via Twitter that officially commissioned studies had indicated it “would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion.” “That sad day arrived,” Muscat added.

The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/S4XV6MyKRu

— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017

Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived.

— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017

The Island of Gozo’s tourist board also lamented the loss of the rock formation, known locally as it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra, which it estimated that 80 percent of all tourists to the island had visited.

“The inevitable and the much feared has happened,” it said via a statement on Facebook. “The flagship of the Gozitan touristic sites has sunk in its same birth place from where for thousands of years, it stood high and proud heralding one of the natural beauties our little island is endowed with.”

Dozens of Twitter users also paid tribute to the former formation:

#RIP to the #AzureWindow
Was one of the best sights I’ve seen in my life #Neverforgotten #malta pic.twitter.com/UQMHnhmjmP

— Jordan Jeffery (@helloiamtheKING) March 8, 2017

So sad to hear the Azure Window has collapsed…it gave me 1 of my fondest travel experiences… #Malta #Gozo #AzureWindow #travel #ttot pic.twitter.com/2xUYiakjsP

— My Travel Mission (@MyTravelMission) March 8, 2017

Bye Bye Tieqa. The best shot I ever took of the iconic landscape. Always wanted to give it another shot 🙁 #Dwejra #AzureWindow #Malta pic.twitter.com/UvOFGpPm5m

— Alan Grech (@Alan_Grech) March 8, 2017

Gutted that the “Azure Window” on Gozo in Malta has collapsed in a storm. So glad to have seen it in September ’16 #malta #AzureWindow pic.twitter.com/t0ExmtL74f

— Jonnie Atha (@Jonathan_Atha) March 8, 2017

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