Game of Thrones : Filming Locations
Game of Thrones – Filming Locations
With Season 4 just starting this past Sunday and the fact that I’m a HUGE nerd when it comes to GOT, I knew I had to choose this topic for ‘G’.
What is Game of Thrones?
In case you don’t have as excellent taste as me and don’t know what Game of Thrones is – it is an American fantasy drama HBO series that was created and based off of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The series has been filmed in studio and on location in several different areas of the world including Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.
The series is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and follows the realm’s noble families and their struggles for control of the Iron Throne.
Many of the scenes for the land of Westeros is located in Northern Ireland – particularly Winterfell, the North and other less sunny parts of the Seven Kingdoms.
If you’d like to visit House Stark, or at least where parts of it was filmed – head to Castle Ward in Downpatrick, County Down.
If you head farther north, you’ll find the abandoned Magheramorne quarry, or the setting for Castle Black.
Ballymoney’s Dark Hedges provided the scenery for Kingsroad – one of the most photographed sites in Ireland.
Caves of Cushendun, County Antrim
This is where Melisandre’s birth of the shadow baby in Season 2 was filmed.
Before King’s Landing moved to Croatia, it was filmed in Malta for Season 1. The main reason filming was moved from Malta was due to only being able to depict interior shots of the city since Mdina lies inland.
St. Dominic Monastery
Where Lord Stark confronted Cersei about her incestuous relationship.
Azure Window, Gozo
A smaller sister island to Malta, Gozo was the setting of Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding to Khal Drogo in their Dothraki Wedding. Filming stopped in Malta partly due to controversy over damage to the Azure Window and its ecosystem caused by production, but it is still very much open to visitors and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
Starting with the second season, the filming of King’s Landing was moved to Croatia.
Old Town of Dubrovnik
This seaside walled city became the perfect location for the Westeros capital and the surrounding waters provided the setting for the Battle of Blackwater. Fort Lovrijenac became the new Red Keep.
The seaside garden in King’s Landing where you’ll see many of the scenes where characters go to plan their plots of deception.
The Minceta Tower was also used as the exterior of the House of the Undying.
Many part of Qarth were filmed on this nearby island including the welcome part thrown by Xaro.
Land of Ice and Fire. You can’t get much closer to that description than Iceland.
Lake Myvatn in Iceland is the filming location for the mysterious Beyond the Wall lands.
A confirmed location in Iceland for Season 4 is Pingvellir National Park. I’m excited to see this in the new season as it looks gorgeous!
Morocco was used as the primary setting for many of Daenerys’ travel scenes in Season 3.
In season 3, Daenerys stops through Astapor to buy an army of Unsullied warriors. Essaouira, Morocco is actually the city that depicts Astapor in the series.
In the series, Aït Benhaddou is depicted as the city of Yunkai – a slaving city that Daenerys overtakes with her newly acquired Unsullied army from Astapor [Essaouira].
Have you ever been to any of these places? Would you ever visit somewhere just for the fact that a movie or tv series was filmed there?
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