Gozo Tourism Association laments the loss of the Azure Window

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Gozo Tourism Association laments the loss of the Azure WindowThe Gozo Tourism Association in a statement has said that, today Gozo has lost one of its iconic beauties – The Azure Window. “The inevitable and the much feared has happened. 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.”

All Gozitans and especially the touristic industry are today so saddened with this expected loss. The much promoted Azure Window is no more, and only millions of photographs remain as testimony of this touristic spot, the GTA said.

“The Azure window was a tourist puller, as it is estimated that 80% of the over one million tourists that came to Gozo either for a day trip or for an overnight stay, visited this natural attraction.”

The GTA said that “although Dwejra has been orphaned with this loss, the tourism community in Gozo still believes that Dwejra will continue attracting thousands of tourists every day since it still boasts the beauty of the Inland Sea as well as the Blue Hole, so sought after by the divers who visit Gozo.”

In conclusion the Gozo Tourism Association said that “the Azure Window’s demise, should serve, as an eye opener to all concerned, to look after and maintain and protect where possible, the touristic sites this little island has to offer.”

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    5 Responses

    1. James A. Tyrrell says:

      Nice words, but why didn’t you push for the site to be strengthened instead of sitting back, doing nothing and then crying crocodile tears? I showed the window to a friend who is a structural engineer about a year ago and he said that left as it was it would eventually collapse due to the actions of the sea, and probably sooner rather than later. However he said with the right determination on the part of the Government it could be saved. That determination never existed on the part of PN or Labour because there was no money going into pockets!

      • Revel Barker says:

        Me too, James. I have been saying for years that the arch should be strengthened, and then the entire structure protected against erosion.

        The GTA should read its own last paragraph again. And think about what is going wrong… and wronger… with every passing month, on this tiny rock of an island.

    2. george palmer says:

      It wasn’t the central arch that collapsed. It was the pillar. Nothing could have been done to save the Azure Window as the damage was under the water. Nature gives, then takes away. It is the way of the world.

      • James A. Tyrrell says:

        George no effort was put into determining what if anything could have been done, that’s the problem. We all know what nature can do and we knew exactly what nature was going to do in this case, but we also know that nature can be held back where the political will exists. It’s didn’t exist in this case either from Labour or the previous bunch. They just couldn’t have cared less, and now they are all sorry and it’s a sad day for Gozo. Makes me bloody sick!

      • Aneth says:

        true george,never underestimate the sea.And it just went where it came from.

    3. Mary says:

      Apart from being a tourist attraction it was what made our Dwejra . I’m really devastated absolutely heartbroken and can’t imagine the spot where the majestic window stood is empty. For years been hearing that it is crumbling and nothing was done. So angry that the government has not done anything. Don’t give me that nature took it away, if at least they tried it might have been saved. The build impossible structures I’m sure someone out there could have come up with a resolution to extent its life. Something should have been done!!!

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