As was recently

As was recently

 

Wednesday, 8th March 2017 was International Women’s Day, a day for felicitations and the extolling of female capabilities and virtues. In Malta and Gozo it became a day of National Mourning.

 

On Tuesday night a terrific storm gripped the Maltese islands with Gale Force 9 winds and seas and torrents of rain and ice lashing the exposed northern coasts where for thousands of years the iconic Dwejra Azure Window attracted world-wide admiration and attention and was one of UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage Sites in the northern part of Gozo.

 

 As was 50 years ago

As was 50 years ago

Over the last 50 years the Window has been deteriorating steadily with geologists predicting not “maybe?” but “when?” Sadly, nothing could be done to act as a buffer against nature.

 

The main concern has always been the platform and the regular trampling by tourists wanting to take holiday snaps. Recently the platform was declared to be out of bounds and substantial fines imposed for trespassing.

 

 As was in 1880

As was in 1880

However, the main concern has always been the outer sea pillar holding up the whole structure. Its base was diagnosed to be of soft limestone and much subject to the constant winds and heavy seas that buffet the area regularly.

 

On Wednesday, 8th March 2017 morning at 09.30 the Window still stood. Seconds later it disintegrated with a mighty crash and was no more – going, going, gone.

 

 As is today

As is today

The event has been looked upon as a national catastrophe and caused widespread national mourning.

 

Sadly, it’s all over and Malta and Gozo have lost a truly natural gem

 

 

ALBERT FENECH

PS I predicted this event last year! Read on;

Malta Diary Is our Dwejra Azure Window Bridge Falling Down?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Albert Fenech

Born in 1946, Albert Fenech’s family took up UK residence in 1954 where he spent his boyhood and youth before temporarily returning to Malta between 1957 and 1959 and then coming back to Malta permanently in 1965. He spent eight years as a full-time journalist with “The Times of Malta” before taking up a career in HR Management but still retained his roots by actively pursuing freelance journalism and broadcasting for various media outlets covering social issues, current affairs, sports and travel.