Gozo’s popular Azure window to be replaced by steel archway?

Azure Window. Image courtesy By Felix König - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25984939
Azure Window. Image courtesy By Felix König - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25984939

If you are a Game of Thrones fan then you must remember the beautiful archway – Azure Window – which has been a prime tourist attraction for those travelling to Malta and the Island of Gozo. However, the Maltese locals faced disappointment and heartbreak after the beautiful archway collapsed into the sea in May 2017 during a storm.

Now, a Russian architect Svetozar Andreev has come up with a unique idea to rebuild the structure in steel so that it looks exactly like the fallen limestone archway – Tieqa tad-Dwejra. The steel structure will not just serve as a replacement for the old archway but will also serve as a five-storey exhibition space to highlight the long history of Malta.

“The objective is to create a centre of attraction in Dwejra, a new asset to draw tourists, this time to a new architectural and cultural landmark. We are confident that this project represents an outstanding investment for the future of Malta and Gozo,” Andreev was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

Andreev also explained that his structure will be planned keeping in mind the environmental and architectural concerns of the island. “The sight of the empty Dwejra Bay inspired us to create a monument that would do more than simply copy the natural relief of the Azure Window, but would rather serve as a memorial to it,” he added.

The Russian architect is now hopeful that the Maltese authorities will approve his idea after it got a positive response from the public. About 68 percent people voted in favour of the project in a poll conducted by Malta Today. According to a report by CNN, the Maltese government had earlier rejected a proposal to build a hotel near the site but might be open to the idea of building a structure to memorialize the Azure Window.

In addition, a nod by authorities might help increase the number of tourists who visit the Island of Gozo especially those who want to see the famous limestone archway which has been featured in several films, magazines, and TV shows.