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The Azure Window, Gozo

The Azure Window (Maltese: Tieqa Żerqa) is a natural arch in the Maltese island of Gozo featuring a table-like rock over the sea. It is situated near two other famous natural landmarks - the Inland Sea, and Dwejra Bay. The stunning geography of the area was created thousands of years ago when two limestone caves collapsed. This and the nearby Blue Hole and Inland sea are popular scuba diving sites.

 

Dwejra is a tourist village that belongs to the town of St. Lawrence, Gozo, Malta. Dwejra Bay is also part of San Lawrenz. The water of the bay is suitable for swimming, scuba diving, and boating.

 

The Azure Window has been featured in films, such as Clash of the Titans (1981) at the 104th minute and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) at the 13th minute. It can also be seen in the television miniseries The Odyssey (1997), and HBO's TV series Game of Thrones. The filming of Game of Thrones resulted in controversy when a protected ecosystem was damaged by a subcontractor.

 

Although illegal, the Azure Window is a popular cliff diving or tomb-stoning spot. Many videos on YouTube feature people leaping from the middle, and side of the arch.

  

Tech:

Nikon D700

Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8

14 mm

ISO 200

f/16

5 xps ranging from 1/8 to 1/125s

Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with 488RC2 Ballhead

Nikon MC-36 Cable Remote

Shots merged in Enfuse

PP with Nik Color Efex Pro and Lightroom 3.0

 

Once again, much better in Lightbox, press L!

 

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Taken on April 2, 2012