A Game of Thrones monument is fall
It was one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island of Malta. Every year, millions of tourists came to Gozo to admire the Azur Window, a limestone arch over the Mediterranean Sea, which appeared in the 19th century.
The place had been immortalized in Game of Thrones as a backdrop to one of the episodes of the saga. It was here that the wedding between Daenerys and Khal Drogo, the leader of the Dothrakis, took place in the first season. This appearance in the famous TV series had resulted in an increase of the number of visitors.
Also visible in Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo
Exceptionable in its beauty, Azur Window also appeared on the silver screen in Clash of the Titans (1981) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).
But after getting through the twentieth century, the natural monument disappeared on March 8, 2017. It collapsed in the sea under the effect of wind and waves during a storm. There is nothing left of the bridge or its pile of limestone, both having been swallowed up.
"The reports ordered for years had warned that this natural monument would suffer greatly from natural corrosion. This sad day has arrived", commented Joseph Muscat, the Maltese Prime Minister, adding that he had "a broken heart".
The authorities had tried to preserve the site by prohibiting its access in December 2016. The passage on the arch was then no longer allowed, under penalty of being fined € 1,500. But this was not enough; no law prevented time from carrying out its work.