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This is a April 2014 image of the landmark the Azure Window located just off Malta.  The natural rock arch jutting off the Maltese island of Gozo, has collapsed into the sea during a storm. Malta’s prime minister called the loss on Wednesday March 8, 2017, of the iconic limestone formation “heartbreaking.” No one was injured by the fallen arch, which was also a TV and film backdrop.(Caroline Hodgson via AP)

This stunning rock arch was a backdrop for 'Game of Thrones.' Now it's gone.


The Azure Window was a stunning rock arch in the Sea of Malta that has been seen by millions as a backdrop in "Game of Thrones."

But on Wednesday, it collapsed in a storm. No one was injured.

Geologist Petter Gatt said the limestone pillar that supported the arch gave way after years of erosion. The arch had been unstable for years, prompting the government to impose $2,300 fines on anyone caught walking across it. It had also been featured in the 1981 movie "Clash of the Titans."

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The part of coast where the Azure Window, a natural rock arch which jutted onto the sea off Malta and was a backdrop for the “Game of Thrones” TV series, is seen as it is Wednesday, March 8, 2017, after the arch, that was one of Malta's main landmarks, collapsed in a storm. (AP Photo/Christian Mangion)

Here's how the arch looks after its collapse.

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted this tribute.

In case it doesn't look familiar, here's the arch as seen on the show.

Speaking of "Game of Thrones," author George R.R. Martin wrote Monday that his dream guest star would be former President Obama. So far, Obama hasn't responded to his request.

Martin also said that he wanted to appear in the TV series as a severed head, but "turns out those severed heads are expensive to make." 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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