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Celebrating the Azure Window one year on

Tug Malta’s Spinola vessel recreating the archway with a jet of sea water. Photos: Anthony Grech

Tug Malta’s Spinola vessel recreating the archway with a jet of sea water. Photos: Anthony Grech

A year from its dramatic collapse, the Azure Window was commemorated on Sunday with a day of events celebrating the iconic landmark – and the geological treasures that Dwejra still boasts.

While Tug Malta’s Spinola vessel recreated the archway with a jet of sea water, geological experts held public information sessions and thrill seekers abseiled down rock faces nearby.

Organised by the Gozo Ministry, the event also included talks about the area’s flora and fauna, a cleanup organised by the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps and archery sessions run by the Victoria Scouts group.

Divers, meanwhile, were on hand to explain how the Azure Window’s collapse had created new, unique diving opportunities in the waters below.

The event also included talks about the area’s flora and fauna

The rock formation crashed into the sea after a section of its underwater pillar gave way in a savage storm in the early hours of March 8 last year.

While the loss was sorely felt by all who had visited the window over the years, tourism authorities say the area is not struggling for visitors 12 months on, despite the loss of its star attraction.

Visitors taking a boat ride from Dwejra’s Inland Sea yesterday.Visitors taking a boat ride from Dwejra’s Inland Sea yesterday.

Dwejra still hosts the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, a coastal watchtower built by the Knights of St John, varied flora and fauna and the unique Blue Hole dive site.

But San Lawrenz mayor Noel Formosa told the Times of Malta last week the site still needed more focused and holistic management to protect what remains.

“We need consistent law enforcement, better organised parking and regulation of hawkers, camping, sport and other activities, more cleanliness, action against light and sound pollution, regulation of other commercial activity and more management of marine activities,” he said.

“We also need to set up trekking routes with useful information boards along the way.”

Activities included zip-lining above the Gozitan landscape.Activities included zip-lining above the Gozitan landscape.

Dwejra boasts a coastal watchtower built by the Knights of St John.Dwejra boasts a coastal watchtower built by the Knights of St John.

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