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This is the view of Fungus Rock, opposite of Azure Window. It is a 65 meter high rock 60 metres away from mainland completely encircled with water and located at the mouth of a splendid bay beside the Azure Window. Knights of Malta discovered a plant there and it was thought that it had various medical cures for conditions as dysentery, bleeding and impotence.This rock was one of the few places where it grew. So during 1746 Grand Master in order to protect the plant from thieves defaced the sides of the rock to discourage those who would attempt to climb for it. This was strictly forbidden and severe penalties (even death) were imposed upon those who were caught making such an attempt. It was also guarded from the Dwejra Watch tower. This plant however, is a kind of parasitic flowering plant, not a fungus, and has a repulsive smell.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13027 W: 139 N: 33713] (153780)
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