[WATCH] The Azure Window left us one year ago

One moment it stood there rising majestically above the rough seas and the next it disappeared completely beneath the waves: Dwejra's Azure Window

Gone forever: The Azure Window into Dwejra
Gone forever: The Azure Window into Dwejra

Standing in Dwejra as an iconic image of the Maltese islands, the Azure Window took its last bow a year ago.

Battered by rough seas, the natural rock formation collapsed in a vanishing act on the morning of 8 March, leaving a nation stumped.

The stunning photo of the Azure Window submerged. (C) Per Eide
The stunning photo of the Azure Window submerged. (C) Per Eide

The Azure Window’s crumbling foundations gave way, leaving an empty space as if nothing was ever there. The disappearance received wide international coverage.

Read also: Nature claims Gozo’s iconic Azure Window, lost forever after total collapse

Five days later the first underwater footage of the arch’s remains emerged.

A day after the government said it would issue an international call for expressions to commemorate the arch but nothing has yet come of it.

Government had mooted the idea of an augmented 3D reality reconstruction of the arch but nothing has happened yet
Government had mooted the idea of an augmented 3D reality reconstruction of the arch but nothing has happened yet

The arch was immortalised in several films, including an episode of the Game of Thrones.

But perhaps one of the best documents so far on the new Dwejra underwater landscape is that of Joseph Caruana, taken last summer.

With the Azure Window confined to the history books the Gozo Ministry will be commemorating the beauty of Dwejra next Sunday. There will be a half day’s worth of activities at Dwejra to mark the one-year anniversary since the geological landmark collapsed.

Geological experts will hold public information sessions and thrill-seekers will abseil down rock faces as part of the activities, which will also include talks about the area's flora and fauna.

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