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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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Discover Malta: Luxury Mediterranean Breaks

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We are very pleased and excited to introduce to you our very own Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta Brochure.

The idea of the brochure is stemmed from our desire to encourage you to visit Malta and to facilitate your stay with us. We wanted to prepare something which could easily summarise very appealing activities and make it easily accessible for our guests.

It is a guideline to the upcoming events, adventures and experiences you can enjoy in Malta and which are available for everyone throughout the period of 12 months.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your friends, or a break with your family or your loved one, this brochure will lead you to it.

Browse through the Discover Malta Online Brochure which is packed with adventures waiting for you to explore. And if you would like to book one of our special packages take a look at Our Events Calendar on the Grand Hotel Excelsior Website and choose your unique Malta holiday.

See you in Malta!! 

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Fancy a Dive in the Med?

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If you love the sea, then a dive in the crystal clear blue sea is a must. The Maltese Islands offer some attractive and unique diving sites around Malta. Explore the natural caves, reefs, and wrecks with experienced divers.

Make it an Active Malta holiday and venture Underwater!  
 
If you wish to experience the wonderful world of Scuba Diving around the Maltese Islands during your holidays, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is offering an attractive Malta Diving Package which includes:

 

• Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room with magnificent views of the Marsamxett Harbour
• A 20% off the Bed and Breakfast Rate
• Welcome drink upon arrival
• Daily Buffet Breakfast
• A Half Day Diving Course including an in depth scuba briefing, pool dive with underwater skills, and an open water scuba dive per person including all relevant equipment
• Taxi pick up from the Dive Centre in Sliema to the Grand Hotel Excelsior following the Dive
• Use of indoor and outdoor pool and fitness centre during your stay
• Complimentary pressing service during your stay

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The Malta Diving Package starts from €90 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.

 

Terms & Conditions Apply.
 
And if you’re looking for a great holiday in Med, stay at a superior Luxury Hotel In Malta and take advantage of our Special Offers and Packages. Make your vacation a truly memorable experience.
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