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