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15 April 19

Dubrovnik or King’s Landing? | Filming locations from Game of Thrones

The view over Dubrovnik from the City Walls

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Dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, sailing the Croatian coastline is not complete without a stop in the city of Dubrovnik. With ancient roots dating back to the 7th century the Old Town and the City Walls are an architectural marvel that need to be seen to be believed! However, in more recent times the destination has surged in popularity due to its use as a filming location in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. But which locations did they use? Some standout destinations are below!

City Walls

Dubrovnik’s City Walls have featured on a number of occasions in the series and are a beautiful attraction in their own right. So much so that they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 owing to their age and use as one of the great architectural fortification systems of the middle ages. One of the more memorable scenes would certainly be in the Season 3 premiere ‘Valar Dohaeris’ when Tyrion, Bronn and Podrick walked along the city walls as workers repaired the damage following the Battle of the Blackwater. The walls were also used when Tyrion commanded troops from atop the walls to repel Stannis and his forces attacking from the seaward facing walls.

View of Dubrovnik Walls and Sea

The magnificent Dubrovnik Walls and surrounding sea

Fort Lovrijenac (St Lawrence’s Fortress)

This beautiful fortress is located outside the western wall of the Old town. It has been used several times throughout Season 2 and Season 3 notably in the premier of Season 2 ‘The North Remembers’ where King Joffrey held his naming ceremony.

Stunning views from the city walls of Dubrovnik

Stunning views of Lovrijenac Fortress from the Dubrovnik City Walls

Lokrum Island

Located a few hundred metres from the Dubrovnik mainland, accessible by ferry from the Old Port of Dubrovnik for 150 Kuna return, Lokrum Island doubles as the city of Qarth. The reception for Daenerys was held in the monastery cloister. Today it replicates that exotic feel that Qarth has on the show with hidden water holes and wild rabbits and peacocks roaming the island untamed!

View over Dubrovnik from Srd Mountain

Take the cable car up Srd Mountain for excellent views over Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island

Dubrovnik West Pier

This is the iconic Blackwater Bay but the stone dock is where Sansa and Shae are interrupted by Little Finger in Season 3 Premiere ‘Valar Dohaeris’.

The Jesuit Staircase (Shame!)

Used for Cersei’s infamous Walk of Atonement in Season 5, Episode 10 ‘Mother’s Mercy’. During filming hundreds of locals were used as extras and the surrounding shops and cafes were shut in order to film. Otherwise the staircase is also used as the steps of the Great Sept of Baelor in King’s Landing.

Where else?

The list goes on and on with Pile Gate, Bokar Fortress, Hotel Belvedere, Minčeta Tower, Rector’s Palace, Sv Dominika Street, Gradac Park, the Ethnographic Museum, Ploče Gate, the Dominican Monastery, St Dominic Street, the Stradun and the West Harbor all featuring in varying scenes for the capital of Westeros! Other interesting sites include Split (where Khaleesi’s dragons were kept) and Klis (used as the freed slave city of Mereen).

The view over Klis, outside of Split, Dalmatia

The view over Klis, outside of Split, Dalmatia

Don’t be fooled though! Whilst providing a perfect set for it’s medieval features, a lot of CGI has gone in to make King’s Landing look even more impressive than the original. Horizon Sail can arrange a tour to Game of Thrones locations with a local guide or a walking tour.

Spend time in Dubrovnik at the beginning or end of your eight day Croatia Sail week with Horizon Sail.

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