The Azure Window is lost and gone forever
‘It is as we never had an Azure Window’
The Azure Window has collapsed and it is not just the top part which has fallen off – even the stacks have gone.
Roger Chessell, a Xagħra resident, was at Dwejra when the window collapsed at about 9.40am, having gone to take pictures of the storm.
“There was a big raging sea beneath the window,” he told the Times of Malta.
“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.”
In a press conference, Environment Minister Jose Herrera said several studies had shown that no man-made intervention could have prevented the collapse.
Gozo Minister Anton Refalo likened the event to “losing a part of yourself” but was keen to stress that Gozo had a lot to offer apart from the Azure Window.
Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis described the window as a marketing asset that had now been lost, but expressed confidence that Gozitan tourism would weather the blow.
Strong gale force winds hit Malta yesterday, even leading Gozo Channel to suspend its services.