Game of Thrones: location

Team series, shot on the saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George Martin, has traveled almost the whole world to find the perfect movie sets.

Here are pictures and descriptions of places to shoot. Geography is quite extensive.






Morocco
Daenerys Targaryen had the opportunity to travel a lot and in the "Game of Thrones", and in reality. The episodes were filmed with her participation in three countries: Malta, Morocco and Croatia. In Morocco, the creators decided to recreate the hottest continent Essos.

Ait Ben Haddou - Yongkang and Pentos

Repeat trip Daenerys Targaryen on the free city and the bay can be slavers in Morocco. Moroccan Ksar (fortified town) Ait Ben Haddou stands on a hill in the midst of a hot desert, 100 km from Marrakech. In ancient times, the fortress came caravans, and now it was chosen by the tourists and filmmakers.

This is not the first time the Moroccan fortress take crews. "Jesus of Nazareth", "Jewel of the Nile", "The Mummy", "Gladiator", "Alexander" - this is only the beginning of the list of movies that are filmed here since the 1960s.

In "Game of Thrones" Ait Ben Haddou served as decorations of two cities thrived on the slave trade and the free Yunkaya Pentos.




Essaouira - Astapor

In "Game of Thrones" Astapor is south of Yunkaya, but in reality Essaouira lies to the west of Ait Ben Haddou, on the Atlantic coast. It was here, on the walls of the city fortress, Daenerys negotiated the purchase of troops flawlessly.

Ironically, in the real world in the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens turned the fictional city of slavers in the hippie pilgrimage center of the world. Relaxed atmosphere preserved in Essaouira so far, and the tourists enjoy visiting this small fishing town.




Atlas Studios, Ouarzazate - free city and the Bay slavers

Atlas Film Studio holds the record for the area of ​​all the studios in the world. 20 hectares of its survey areas spread 5 km from Ouarzazate Moroccan and it is unclear what exactly attracts more tourists, the city itself or its studio. In addition to "Game of Thrones" in Atlas filmed "Spy Game," "Gladiator," "Babel" and "Prince of Persia" and Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt are almost regulars.




Iceland
John Snow, "The Raven" and the wild luck at shooting less than Daenerys, and yunkaytsam astaportsam - their storyline had not shoot in hot Morocco or even Northern Ireland, and in severe Iceland. Perhaps because "Dragon Glass" on Iceland volcanic fields lying just beneath his feet.

Grёtagya - "Do not you know, John Snow»

The new season of "Game of Thrones" we are unlikely to see again this picturesque grotto, but it is definitely worth a visit in the real journey to Iceland. Volcanic caves with furious name Grёtagya (Grjótagjá) is located in the north-east of Iceland near lake Miwa. Outside almost always snow and ice, but the temperature of the water in the pool is sometimes reaches + 50 °. In Grёtagya freely allowed tourists and it is a great opportunity to add romance on a trip to Iceland, and repeat with your loved one and Igritt John feat.




Dimmuborger - Camp wildling

Two steps away from the grotto Grёtagya lakeside Miwa are lava fields Dimmuborger. Landscapes are gloomy lifeless, and it is not surprising that in the Icelandic folklore Dimmuborger considered simultaneously and diabolical place and home to murderous troll. However, the creators of "Game of Thrones" inhabited these rough rocks are not the most welcoming personazhami- in the series here encamped Mans Raider, King of the wild.



Vatnajökull - Earth beyond the Wall

Deserted snowy wasteland largest glacier in Iceland were the decorations Lands beyond the Wall. Vatnajökull ice cap securely covers several dormant volcanoes, and in a national park is actively developing infrastructure, built hotels and restaurants for tourists. And no one, it seems, is not worried that others may descend at any moment.



Hёfdabrekka, Vic and Mirdalur - Fangs Frost

Hёfdabrekka - a popular tourist "resort" in the south of Iceland, black sand beaches and the water temperature is not conducive to bathing. As befits any self-respecting Icelandic town Vic boasts a glacier with an unpronounceable name (Mýrdalsjökull) and an active volcano (Katla). And, as in other areas of Iceland, the film crew "Game of Thrones" had to work here for only a few hours a day because of the short days.



Þingvellir National Park - River Land

Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a special meaning for every Icelander. Here a thousand years collecting folk veche "Althing", here in the year 1000 the Icelanders accepted Christianity and here in 1944, proclaimed the country's independence.

Þingvellir is one of the main attractions of the country (part of the Golden Ring of Iceland), but in the "Game of Thrones" will first appear in the fourth season. And looking at the village of River land on which travel Kligan dog and his companion of Clan Starks, you can learn how to look hot Icelandic summer.



Croatia

Lannisters always been able to get. If Starks in Iceland winter was closer than ever, the Lions felt great in the resort sunny Croatia, and the Iron Throne delivered at all in the midst of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik - The Royal Harbour

With the release of "Game of Thrones" has evolved from Dubrovnik tourist capital of Croatia in this capital of Westeros. Not surprisingly, the producers chose this place for location filming King's Landing, the old town of Dubrovnik - a perfectly preserved castle with a massive defensive wall abutting directly on the sea. Luckily for the residents and the local department of tourism, "wild fire" from the third season - only special effects.



Lovrijenac Fortress - Red Castle

In the first season of "Game of Thrones" Red Castle is actually located in Malta, but from the second season, the team still decided to move the capital of the throne room (red Gavan / Dubrovnik). Lovrijenac fortress stands on a 37-meter cliff in the five-minute walk from the old town of Dubrovnik. The fortress of the city separates a small bay, which took place on location at the Battle of the Blackwater.

Interesting fact: at the entrance to the fortress is an old Latin inscription «Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro» (Freedom is not sold for gold). This is the motto of the Dubrovnik Republic, which clearly contradicts the vagaries of the young Joffrey Lannister and ideology.



Arboretum Trsteno - Royal Harbour

If you want to take a walk in the gardens of King's Landing, go to the village Trsteno 10 km from Dubrovnik. Aqueduct and arbors, fountains with statues and vines twined gallery, in the shade of which intrigued Lord Varys and Tyrion are in the local arboretum.



Lokrum - Flats

Role Quarta - oasis town in the desert - played picturesque island Lokrum midst of the Adriatic Sea. Lush vegetation of parks and gardens, where Daenerys was walking with Ksara, actually - Mediterranean flora of the local botanical garden. And if the "Game of Thrones" traveler who would not let the gates of Quart, remained forever in the "Garden of Bones", in reality, a tourist has not got to the island, continue to have fun in the city from him, in Dubrovnik.



Tower Minčeta - House Immortals

Headquartered sorcerers Quarta, mysterious house Immortals, actually is literally a stone's throw from the Iron Throne - Minčeta tower in Dubrovnik. Topics of the second season of the series and the second book of the saga slightly diverge. But the vision of Daenerys and the fate of the House of the Undying sorcerers identical in both versions.



Northern Ireland

In the world of "The Song of ice and fire" Northern Ireland is inhabited mainly iron men - natives of the same island harsh and subjects Balon Greydzhoya. But the edge of the north of Ireland is so picturesque that the creators of "Game of Thrones" was shot here at the same time Vintrefel and the Royal Route, and the Earth Storm.

Forest Park Tollimor - Forest north

630 hectares of forest park at the foot of the ridge Tollimor Mourne Mountains - a great place for walking or even hiking in Northern Ireland. Mountain river, caves, grottoes and beautiful marine species caught here and crew of the series. In "Game of Thrones" Tollimor can be seen several times, particularly in the first series, when the dire wolf pups are Starkey.



Castle Ward - Winterfell

The grounds are magnificent castles on Lake Ward Strangford Lough served as film set Winterfell castle courtyard. Here, in particular, shot the scene with the arrival of Robert Baratheon retinue patrimony Starks.



Dark Hedges - Royal Route

Dark Hedges - perhaps the most beautiful beech avenue in the world. Trees planted in the XVIII century to impress visitors to the castle Greyskhil. The venture proved so successful that survived their creators and still amazes tourists - Dark Hedges is considered one of the most photographed places in Northern Ireland.

In "Game of Thrones" this picturesque road became the Royal Route - the main transport artery Westeros going to storm-limit on the south to the north of the wall. You can see it in the first and second season of the show, for example, in the episode, when a boy dressed as Arya goes to join the Night Watch, accompanied Yorena, Dzhendri and Yakena Hgara.



Bay Mёrlou - Iron Island

In clear weather from the shores of the Gulf Mёrlou in the northeast of the island of Ireland is well seen in Scotland. These edges of the crew of the series chosen for location filming of the Iron Islands. Almost all the scenes with Theon Greydzhoem Pike filmed here.



Gulf of Ballintoy - Lordsport

The tiny fishing village Ballintoy - one of the most beautiful places on the coast of County Antrim. In a serial port of the village and the bay Ballintoy turned into Lordsport Pike, one of the Iron Islands. Here, in the second season Theon Greyjoy ashore, arriving at the talks to his father, hence he sailed several episodes later.



Larribeyn - Storm Earth

Larribeyn - one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in Northern Ireland. Cliffs that rise straight from the sea, do not leave anyone indifferent. Even the producers of "Game of Thrones", who staged here another geographical anomaly Westeros: in real life from the Iron Islands (Ballintoy village) to the Storm Lands (Larribeyn) can be reached on foot in half an hour.



Mussenden Temple and beach Downham - Dragonstone

From Northern Ireland, few expect the beautiful sandy beaches. But they exist and Downham - one. Known that the 11-kilometer beach, especially Mussenden Temple - a neat round building, standing alone on a high cliff on the Atlantic coast.

The beach and the temple fell into the frame when shooting natural scenes Dragonstones. Remember how Melisandre burned the old gods at the beach? So, this is the place.



Cave Cushendun - Storm Earth

This pretty gloomy cave on the north-east of Ireland can be seen in the second season of "Game of Thrones". By order of Davos Seaworth Stannis brings Lady Melisandre here. Here he realizes what monsters can give rise to the red priestess, and how these creatures can affect the course of the war.



Malta

Hot country forts, fortresses and palaces - Malta seemed to be specially created for the filming. Life island nation heavily dependent on tourism and the local authorities are making every effort to crews were satisfied, and Malta has appeared on screen in the best possible way. Where else in the world, the country's president to relinquish his seat filming the series?

Mdina Gate - Gate of the Royal Harbour

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, for over 4000 years. Kaleidoscope of kingdoms and empires in the city remained a scattering of beautiful medieval buildings and churches, sheltered by walls. One of the main attractions of the city - the imposing gates in these very walls that the creators of "Game of Thrones" turned into the gates of the capital of Westeros.



Fort Ricasoli - Red Castle

Fort Ricasoli was built in Malta Knights Hospitaller in the XVII century. Since then, the castle withstood sieges and battles are many, including the Second World War. With each attack strengthen dilapidated, and to this day the fort lived in deplorable condition, so the visitors are not allowed inside. But for film crews make exceptions, and Ricasoli had already become the star of films such as "Troy" and "Gladiator." And in the first season of "Game of Thrones" got the role of the Red Fort in the Royal Castle Harbour.



Azure Window - wedding Daenerys and Drogo

"Azure Window" called one of the symbols of Malta - 50-foot rock arch of natural origin on the island of Gozo. The creators of "Game of Thrones" chose this place for shooting a beautiful wedding Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo in the first season of the series. But they were not pioneers, before they are filmed episodes of many films from "Clash of the Titans" to "The Odyssey" by Andrei Konchalovsky.



Palace Verdal - Pentos house Illyrio Mopatisa

At the beginning of the first season of "Game of Thrones" Daenerys and her young brother Vizeris visit with Illyrio Mopatisa (that he met with the Targaryen Khal Drogo). Filming these scenes took place in the summer residence of the President of Malta - in the lovely gardens of the palace Verdal. The palace is closed to visitors, but you can walk through the garden and try to imagine that somewhere in the arbor of trees resting Daenerys.



San Anton Palace - Red Castle

And again, the team "Games of Thrones" disturbed the President of Malta. This time he has had to give his official residence - the palace of San Anton in Attard. It can be seen in several episodes of the first season, for example, in a scene Starks arrival to King's Landing or in the episode, when Waris and Pinky Eddard Stark assure that Golden cloaks entirely obey him. But look at the presidential quarters fail - filmed just outside the palace.



Fort St Angelo - Red castle catacombs

Nobody knows exactly when built "Sea Castle", as once called this majestic castle in the Maltese city of Birgu. But we know that in the Middle Ages Fort St Angelo has served as the residence of the Grand Master of Knights Hospitaller.

In the first season of "Game of Thrones" the interior of the fort can be seen in the episode, when Arya chasing the Red Castle and the cat gets into the dungeon with skulls dragons.



Fort Manoel - Great septum Baylor

This medieval fortress of the Knights of Malta guards the entrance to the harbor Marsamksett west of Valletta. In the world of Westeros fort became a Great septum Baylor - the main temple of King's Landing and the residence of the Grand Septon.

In "Game of Thrones" Fort Manoel show repeatedly. On the steps of the Great septum, including the climactic scene filmed the first season of the series (the same one with Sean Bean).



Scotland
Producers 'Game of Thrones' chose just one film set in Scotland. But now we have the opportunity to boast that Winterfell is just an hour away from the head office in Edinburgh Skyscanner.

Doune Castle - Winterfell

Doune Castle - a medieval fortress Stuarts. It is situated not far from Stirling and places famous battles for the independence of Scotland with William Wallace ("Braveheart"). Long before, how to get a role in Winterfell "Game of Thrones", the castle had become a star of the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail».

The fate of the fortress in many ways similar to the fate of Winterfell - after Rod Stewart has lost influence, the castle fell into disrepair. But what to do, the Valar Morgulis.

That's it! I hope not a bayan.

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