Dwejra, Gozo

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    The Fungus Rock
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    The Blue Hole
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    The Azur Window
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    Dwejra

    by SanguiniA Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Azure Window, Dwejra

    Dwejra is one of the gems of the Maltese Archipelago. With its Azure Window, Inland sea, Fungus Rock and outstanding deep sea environment, one cannot afford to miss a visit to this place!

    Dwejra cannot be adequately described in words ... visit my Dwejra travelogue for some pictures!

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    Dwejra: The Fungus Rock

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Dwejra: The Fungus Rock
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    This circular rock formation has an interesting story.

    A rare plant Fucus coccineus melitensis, by mistake called a fungus, grew on the rock's top thousands of years ago.

    It is said that the Knights of St. John believed in the curing power of this special plant which was used as styptic dressing for wounds and cure for dysentery.

    In order to protect this plant the access to the rock has been forbidden for many centuries.

    Later it was discovered that Fucus coccineus melitensis has no medicinal properties.

    The rock, called also by the Maltase "Il-Gebla tal-General" (the General's Rock) is 60 metres high and is quite inaccessible, because of the sea that tends to be quite rough around the area.

    For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.

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    Dwejra: The salt pans

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Dwejra: The salt pans

    Producing salt is a long time tradition in this area, as also in other places on the islands.

    The salt from the salt pans in front of the Tower was also used by Capo Mastro or Castellano for raising money to cover the expenses with the construction of the tower.

    For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.

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    Dwejra

    by steventilly Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    Dwejra

    Dwejra is at the far western side of Gozo and is somthing of a tourist mecca, having several noteworthy features, being The Azure Window, The Inland Sea, Fungus Rock and the raw, natural beauty of the countryside itself.
    This picture shows the watchtower at Dwejra which was actually built not to protect from invaders, but to protect fungus rock from would-be looters!

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    Dwejra Tower

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Dwejra Tower also called Qawra Tower
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    This tower was built in 1652 and its construction was paid by the Universita and Armaments by the Order.

    Its role was the defense of Dwejra Bay and the guarding of the famous Fungus Rock.

    In both World Wars the tower served as an Observation Post and after the WW II it was vandalized, but luckily was restored just a few years ago.

    For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.

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    Dwejra: The inland sea

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Dwejra: The inland sea
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    The inland sea it is actually a unique small sea lake connected to the open Mediterranian Sea by a natural tunnel under Dwejra Point.

    This tunnel is wide enough to allow the passage of small boats and for a small fee, local fishermen take the tourists through the archway for a tour of the cliffs.

    Most of the buildings are homes for local fishermen and a couple of stores selling souvenirs have been added recently.

    For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.

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    Dwejra: Sant'Anna Chapel at Dwejra

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Dwejra: Sant'Anna Chapel at Dwejra

    Consacrated in 1963, the small Sant'Anna Chapel at Dwejra was designed by Joseph Mizzi from San Lawrenz, the nearby village.

    The modern building with a covered entrance has an interior consisting of a rectangular room with a flat textured roof.

    The main altar piece depicts the young Virgin Mary being instructed by her mother St. Anne, painted in 1989.

    For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.

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    Dwejra - Three rocks that must seen

    by tophat30 Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Dwejra inland sea.

    When visiting Dwejra you can see three natural rock formations that all are particular in a way . These all come in a hundred meter triangle package. The azure window is the main eye catcher. You've certainly seen it's picture before. ( see my Gozo page). You can climb on top of it with the minimum effort needed as it's not a steep hill. You'll get marvellous views from up there of the west coast of Gozo or the Northwest of Malta if you look at the south. About 100 mts left to the azure window you can enjoy the inland sea. You can take a boat ride which takes you trough the cave and out to the Sea. The third rock to notice is the 'Fungus rock' on your left while driving downhill towards dwejra.

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    Dwejra Bay: Fungus Rock

    by krissyM Written Jun 12, 2008

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    Dwejra Bay is gaurded by the intimidating Fungus Rock. Qawra Tower, the tower that overlooks both the Bay and the rock was built both as a lookout for approaching invaders and as a watch tower for the rock.

    The fungus, Fungus Gaulitanus that grows on the rock was once thought to have strong medicinal properties. The Knights of St. John used this fungus to treat variuos medicial ailments. They valued the fungus so much that they guarded the island. A penalty of death was imposed on any one trying to steal the fungus.

    Because the cliffs of the island are shear and high, the knights erected a man carrying hoist system between the island and the land, to facilitate the collection of the fungus.

    Modern tests have concluded that the fungus has no medical properties what-so-ever.

    The locals call Fungus Rock Il-Gebla tal-General, which means General's Rock.

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    Dwejra rocky coast line

    by hydronetta Written Dec 4, 2007
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    The Dwejra rocky coast located at the west end of Gozo island, is a series of rock cur cliffs formatted for centuries by wind and sea. It is the area where the famous azure window is located. Better reached by your own transport, it is a popular spot for visitors and specially divers. the area is highly photogenic specially at sunset...

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    Id-Dwejra

    by Mcclovis Written Jul 1, 2005
    through the tunnel

    Malti
    Id-Dwejra hi waħda mill-ftit postijiet fil-Gżejjer Maltin li għadhom tista' tgħid fl-istat naturali tagħhom. Tinsab fit-tarf tal-Punent t'Għawdex u fiha l-Qawra - ħofra fl-art li s-saqaf tagħha waqa' fil-qedem. Il-baħar jidħol fiha minn qasma fl-irdum. Fiha ukoll bajja żgħira tajba għall-għawm u għall-għads kif ukoll tista' tirkeb dgħajsa li twasslek il-baħar miftuħ mill-mina li hemm. Ma nagħtix parir tagħmel hekk waqt xi maltempata!

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    Id-Dwejra is a one of the few rugged places in the Maltese Islands. Found at the western tip of Gozo, it has an inland sea - actually a large depression in the land which caved in in antiquity and is connected to the sea outside by a crack in the cliff. There is a small bay good for swimming and diving as well as for taking a boat ride through the tunnel out to sea. Not recommended during a storm!

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    Dwejra

    by Tripack Updated Oct 16, 2012

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    The Azur Window
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    What a spectacular place where you will find the Azur window (photos 1 + 4), the Fungus Rock (photo 2), the Inland sea (photo 3) and the famous Blue Hole (photo 5).

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    Dwejra Lake (pronounced dwayra)

    by mazzap Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Seeing is believing...

    On the west coast of Gozo, the sea has worn a narrow tunnel through the rocky cliff to form a lake. The varying shades of green, gold and blue are stunning!

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    Dwejra

    by queenminka Written Dec 13, 2004
    The tunnel to the sea

    The Inland Sea is probably one of the most saved anchorages! Separated from the sea by a rock massif, the only way in and out is through the small tunnel you can see in the pic.

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