Its demise had been a long time coming, but that didn’t make its loss any less impactful.
Perhaps best known (at least outside of Malta) for its prominent appearance in television's Game of Thrones, Malta’s Azure Window has collapsed into the sea after an intense storm.
Local resident Roger Chessell was at Dwejra (its official name) to take photos of the storm when the window fell, at around 9.40am.
“There was a big raging sea beneath the window,” he told The Times of Malta.
“Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray.
“By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too.”
When news of its demise spread, residents of Gozo, where the monument was located, began flocking to the site, while the country’s Prime Minister and Opposition Leader also felt its loss, with both tweeting tributes to the former attraction.
Meanwhile, the Gozo Tourism Association issued a statement saying the inevitable had happened and that the island had lost one of its iconic beauties, the Times reported.
"The flagship of the Gozitan touristic sites has sunk in its same birth place from where for thousands of years, it stood high and proud heralding one of the natural beauties our little island is endowed with," it said.
"The much promoted Azure window is no more, and only millions of photographs remain as testimony of this touristic spot."
At least no one had been walking across the arch at the time of the collapse, which had in recent times become a fineable offence.