Updated: 20th April 2018

This iconic Game of Thrones setting just collapsed into the sea

Remember the first episode of Game of Thrones?

The Dothraki wedding between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo takes place in a stunning location, with a picturesque limestone arch as a backdrop.

Image: HBO

Here’s another scene from that first episode, featuring Ser Jorah Mormont:

Image: HBO

Sadly that arch, known as the Azure Window or Dwejra Window, is no more.

It collapsed into the Mediterranean sea after heavy storms battered Malta’s island of Gozo for days.

There was a big raging sea beneath the window. 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, Ronald Chessell, a resident of Xagra, a village on Gozo, told the Times of Malta.

Just admire the arch in all its past glory:

Image: Shutterstock / BARRA LORA

And this is how it looks right now:

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

The collapse doesn’t exactly come as a surprise to authorities, who have been warning for years about the inevitable erosion of the 92-ft fragile structure.

However, a 2013 geological study concluded that there was no imminent danger of collapsing. Authorities recently introduced a 1,500 fine in a bid to stop people from walking across the landmark but it was largely ignored.

Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta tweeted:

And this how the national tourism authority mourned the loss:

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