Gozo: no light in the window

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Azure Window, Gozo. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

Until recently a visit to Malta was not complete without a trip to Gozo. This is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago. If to believe locals, Gozo reminds how Malta looked like 50 years ago. Indeed, it seems like time has stopped here some half a century ago. I wish the time could stop for longer to prevent the collapse of Gozo’s main attraction.

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The road to Gozo’s attraction. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

The world-renowned Azure Window was a picturesque arch. One pillar of this natural attraction was rising from the sea. Another one was situated on the shore and kept the limestone arch.

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Azure Window, Gozo. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

This popular 92-foot-tall sight attracted a lot of tourists to Gozo. Especially after it was featured in “Games of Thrones” episodes.

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Azure Window, Gozo. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

The Gozo Tourism Association estimated that 80 % of the island’s guests visited Azure Window. I was one of 850,000 annual visitors. Now I understand how lucky I was. Everyone in Gozo knew that “a sad” day will come sooner or later. But no one expected that UNESCO world heritage site collapsed so soon.  

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Azure Window, Gozo. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

I remember how impressive Azure Window was. Also, I remember the strong wind. The Azure Window was located on the western part of the island, so it was surrounded by see. For hundred of miles you have only sea, until you reach Africa. The tiny fragile arch was open to strong wind and heavy waves every day. The storm finally took Maltese landmark the into sea.

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Azure Window, Gozo. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

Near Azure Window there is an old lighthouse, which serves as museum today. Mario, a friendly guide with Lennon-like glasses, was the only person in the lighthouse. He could spend days without a single visitor. But Mario was not sad about this fact, because he had the best view from the window. He could enjoy Azure Window without stopping. But now lighthouse is facing only the endless Mediterranean Sea. And there is no window, neither any light on the horizon. Just a lonely lighthouse. 

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Gone with a storm. 

 

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The Azure Window is forever gone. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Gozo: no light in the window

  1. Mark Tannenbaum says:

    Another wonderful story! There have been in many centuries before, lost to the winds and storms, landmarks disappear forever. Some find a new life, being collected from the dried up oceans, now deep in desert sands. Found once again. Your picture of the “window” and the felt description of such a landmark was loss to the natural elements. Captured not in silence but in turbulence of the current time. Can you please add this image to your shop collection? When so, contact me.

    • maiboroda says:

      Thank you, Mark, for your commitment to this story. Please advise what image do you like me to print? The first one on the post? Actually, I don’t plan to add it to my shop, but if you want to buy it I can print it for you.

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