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Azure Window: A Natural Wonder Lost

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The Azure Window way back in the 1970s

The Azure Window (Maltese: Tieqa tad-Dwejra or Tieqa Zerqa) was a limestone natural arch on the Maltese island of Gozo. It was situated near Dwejra Bay on the Inland Sea. The formation, which was created after two limestone sea caves collapsed, was a very popular site amongst scuba divers.

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The current site of the former Azure Window

In March 2017, the arch collapsed after a heavy storm. The natural monument was considered as the most known landmark in the Republic of Malta. The collapse of the window was expected and the incident was a consequence of the weakening of the pillar. The Azure Window was made of a Maltese limestone known as Globigerina Limestone which is the second oldest rock found on the islands covering almost 70% of its area. The rock, which is subject to erosion, gives Malta its distinctive coast and interior. Thickness of the limestone ranges from 23 m (75 ft) near Fort Chambray on Gozo up to 207 m (679 ft) around Marsaxlokk on Malta. The 28 m (92 ft) high arch consists of yellow to pale-grey limestone comprising the remains of the marine organism globigerinid foraminifera. The arch had been disintegrating as evidenced by large pieces of rock which had begun to fall from the underside of the arch. The rate of collapse had suggested that the arch would completely disintegrate within a few years. Its dangerous condition led to warning notices being placed along the cliffs to stop people walking over the top of the arch.

In April 2012 a large chunk of rock was dislocated and resulted in the opening of the window being made larger but also more unstable. It also had resulted in a reduction of its previously nearly perfect oblong shape. The window fully collapsed on 8 March 2017 after pillar collapsed, pulling the arch top with it. Following the collapse, only a stub of what used to be part of the stack that supported the roof of the window was left.

If you are planning your next holiday to Malta please feel free to contact the Concierge Team at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta who will surely guide you and suggest some great places to visit during your stay.

Photos credit: Bay Retro & Joseph Caruana

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Santa Swim with Beauty and the Beast

 

santa swim 4 day countdownFor the fifth year running, Grand Hotel Excelsior team members will be organising a Santa’s Swim. Colleagues, guests and members of the public are invited to swim in the clear, chilly waters of Marsamxett Harbour or make a splash in the hotel’s swimming pool. The event will take place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 and all donations will be in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

As a tradition, the hotel themes its Christmas activities, and the selected concept this year is Beauty and the Beast. On the occasion of this year’s Santa’s Swim, Beauty and the Beast characters will be joining as Santa’s special guests to do a brave dive for charity.

Each swimmer will receive a Santa hat upon registration. We will be serving well-deserved warm drinks and home-made cookies to all participants after the swim. Facilities for showering and changing will be available. A certificate of participation will be presented to all swimmers. Those who are not willing to brave the cold water are still encouraged to come and show their support.

Once again, present and former local Waterpolo players are being invited to participate in an exhibition match. At 9.45am the MCCF representatives will start collecting the donations and registering the participants. The band of the Malta Police Force will bring joy with live Christmas music and will be welcoming the participants at the Grand Hotel Excelsior lobby at 10am. This activity is being endorsed by the Malta Community Chest Fund and H.E President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is expected to attend.

The American Autoclub MALTA will be supporting the event by organising a static show in the Yacht Club area. Each participant is kindly asked to make a donation of €10 upon registration in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. Those participating will also be in the chance of winning a Dining Voucher for Two. T&C Apply. Participants are encouraged to register for this charity event by contacting the Grand Hotel Excelsior Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email christmasdesk@excelsior.com.mt

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Excelsior Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta’s management and team members promote and practice a Corporate Social Responsibility programme set up by the Sports and Social Committee of the hotel. The Hotel feels very strongly about helping those in need and participates in activities positively impacting the community and environment.

On the 5th of September 2016, a number of our team members visited a local shelter – Association for Abandoned Animals. Our Human Resources department set up a collection point next to the staff canteen entrance for team members to drop off their generous donations. We collected a total of €110 and purchased a vet voucher which will help to cover some of the medical expenses of the shelter. Furthermore our kind hearted team members donated several food items and treats.

If you would like to know more about events and activities organised by the Grand Hotel Excelsior check out the Latest Events & News of this luxury 5 star hotel‘s website.

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