Malta’s Windows


6th November 2019

The view of the window through a window. Known as one of the Maltese Islands’ most iconic and picturesque landmarks, the Azure Window framed by a traditional Maltese window encapsulates all that Malta represents. 

For Maltese families, the Azure Window (also known as It-Tieqa tad-Dwejra) was always a must-see spot during their trips to the sister island of Gozo. This incredible site is also the home to two other natural landmarks – Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea, formed when two caves collapsed many thousands of years ago.

The site is also one of the most photographed places on the islands. In fact, there’s a high possibility that almost every Maltese family has a photo with the famous arch in the background. Upon mentioning Gozo, the Azure Window automatically comes to mind, thus proving what a powerful icon it was (and still is) to the Maltese Islands. 

Azure Window, Dwejra, Gozo

The Azure Window has been a representation of Malta and Gozo for a very, very long time. However, unfortunately, in March 2017 the iconic arch was taken away by the gorging waves and rough seas. Although the dreaded day was inevitable, the loss of the Azure Window is still a painful topic to many Maltese locals as it felt as though nature had robbed a large part of Malta’s identity.

 However, our opinion changed once we met Noel, the protagonist of this artwork’s short-film. Noel has been the mayor of San Lawrenz in Gozo for over 25 years and through him, we discovered a different side to the aftermath of the Window. Although he was initially upset about the collapse, he learnt to appreciate such an iconic landmark for all that it was, instead of crying over something that can’t return. 

Malta’s Windows Promo

This artwork acts as a play on words. ‘Malta’s Windows’ represents the two different types of windows that Malta has to offer – the Azure Window and a traditional Maltese window with open shutters.

This art piece gives viewers a peak at one of Malta’s most iconic and loved landmark that’ll surely be remembered for generations to come.  

Malta’s Windows

The piece uses a very iconic and distinguishable dark shade of green which can be seen on traditional Maltese doors, balconies and windows.

This particular illustration has a very special place in our hearts since it acts as a reminder of the incredible impact that the window has on Maltese culture and imagery. 

Malta’s Windows Limited

Think of this piece as a nostalgic reminder of what Dwejra was and how the spot has inspired and filled all its visitors’ hearts with joy.

For us, that’s what Malta is all about – symbolised through the raw and natural beauty known as the Azure Window. 

Written By

Scott Schembri



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