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Welcome to King’s Landing

I’m back in Croatia and I’m currently staying in beautiful Dubrovnik. But to fans of the series Game of Thrones, the city is better known as King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms. During the first season, many of the exterior scenes were shot in Mdina, former capital of Malta. But due to various complications the filming later moved to Dubrovnik.

Note: This page may contain visual spoilers for season 2 and 3.

The city features prominently in a lot of scenes, with a touch of added CGI. For instance, the landmark Fort Lovrijenac is often used as the Red Keep. Below the fort is the pier of season 3 opening episode where Sansa and Baelish have a talk.

Pier Lord Baelish talking to Sansa Stark, shot in 2012.
Dubrovnik pier The pier in 2014. Notice the absence of CGI in the background.

Dubrovnik was also used for other locations, such as Daenerys visit to the House of Undying in the town of Qarth, season 2. It was filmed at the base of Minceta Tower, highest point of the city walls.

House of Undying Daenerys arriving at House of Undying.
House of Undying Daenerys and the dudes looking at a wall. How fascinating.
Minceta Tower The base of Minceta Tower doubled for the exterior of House of Undying.
House of Undying Daenerys running in circles around House of Undying…
Minceta Tower …so I did the same around the base of Minceta Tower.
House of Undying The impressive entrance to the House of Undying…
Minceta Tower …but this is actually the entrance of Minceta Tower.

Fort Lovrijenac is featured in a variety of disguises, sometimes as the Red Keep and sometimes not. More scenes from season 2:

Fort Lovrijenac Tyrion and Varys planning the defense from Bokar Fort.
Fort Lovrijenac The Bokar Fort (lower right) with Fort Lovrijenac in the background.
Fort Lovrijenac Cersei taking a walk with Baelish…
Fort Lovrijenac …before teaching him that “power is power”…
Fort Lovrijenac …which takes place in the open courtyard of Fort Lovrijenac. Notice the well and the candle stand.
Fort Lovrijenac Tywin goes fishing with Pycelle…
Fort Lovrijenac ..on the little beach next to the Bokar Fort.

Other Dubrovnik locations are Sponza Palace and Rector’s Palace, which both were featured in the scenes with the Spice King of Qarth. The actual palace of Qarth was the Benedictine Monastery on nearby island Lokrum. The terracotta rooftops of the city are another common backdrop in many scenes.

Well, season four has just started so I better get out of the city before someone chops my head off.

2 comments

  • avatar
    Sofia
    14 Apr, 2014

    Kom igen, ge oss foton!

  • avatar
    Pär Eriksson
    14 Apr, 2014

    Jag såg precis s04e02 och det var nog ett av de bästa avsnitten, om inte det bästa rent av, hittills.

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