A Game of Thrones Guide to Dubrovnik – The Ginger Abroad
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A Game of Thrones Guide to Dubrovnik

Game of Thrones has quickly become one of the biggest franchises in the world, with fans from all over flocking to the filming locations to try and gather a real life perception of this massive fantasy world. While so much has been filmed up in Northern Ireland (especially now that winter has officially come), a lot has also been shot down in sunny Croatia. The small and quaint city of Dubrovnik is one of the biggest highlights for fans as it is literally Kings Landing come to life, but has also been the background for many other scenes involving Ayra and Braavos, Daenerys and her dragons, and the mysterious Qarth. Being a massive fan of the show myself I could not wait to arrive in Dubrovnik and start discovering as many of the shows locations as I could. Thankfully they are not hard to find, at almost every corner you’ll stumble upon another site that your recognise, much to dismay of the people that you’re with if they aren’t Thrones fans themselves. There are of course tours that you can take that do offer a great insight into the show as the guides can tell you little known facts, but you can also just visit all of the locations yourself and save a few extra dollars if you’re on a tight budget. Most of the sights are easily situated within the centre of the city, and because Dubrovnik is such a small city you will be able to see everything and experience it fully in just one day if you start early. So join me as we tour through Kings Landing starting off in the centre of the action…

 

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City Walls | Walls of Kings Landing

There have been numerous scenes filmed along the city walls of Dubrovnik, but most notably have been those involving Tyrion and his strategic conversations. Walking along the walls looking out over the orange coloured roofs it is not hard to feel as if you really have been transported to Kings Landing and you are patrolling over your subjects down below. Of course one of the most notable scenes that was filmed on the City Walls is the Battle of Blackwater at the end of season 2, one of my favourite episodes.

 

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Minecta Tower | The House of the Undying

While walking along the city walls make sure to take turn around the Minecta Tower, who knows maybe you’ll end up actually being transported into The House of the Undying, I just hope you have your dragons lying around, otherwise who knows when you might break out!

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Fort Lovrijenac | Part of the Red Keep

Standing tall beside the city of Dubrovnik, Fort Lovrijenac has set the scene for quite a few scenes filmed as interior courtyards within the Red Keep. It is not hard to guess the scenes filmed here as it looks almost exactly the same, though if you don’t instantly know the scenes include Cersei and Littlefinger’s power is power conversations, as well as the tourney on King Joffery’s name day. If you do make your way here be sure to come at sunset, it showcases one impressive view of Dubrovnik in the last rays of sun.

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Pile Bay | The Red Keeps Port

Sitting just below and in-between Fort Lovrijenac and Dubrovnik’s walls, Pile Bay has provided the upsetting scenes where Mrycella left Kings Landing for Dorne and when she tragically returned back to her mother. It was also used in the scene when Sansa and Shae were watching the ships. Although there weren’t any ships out in the water when I was there, that did not stop me from reenacting some of the shots, much to the dismay of my friend who was with me.

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Gradac Park | The Purple Wedding

Although it may not appear as extravagant as the location of the Purple Wedding, Gradac Park is indeed where these dramatic scenes were shot. Obviously with a lot of props and sets they were able to transform this pleasant park into something a bit more grand for the wedding of a King, too bad his death wasn’t quite as elegant as the location.

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Pile Gate | The Riot of King’s Landing

 One of the main entrances into the city, and possibly the grandest, it is no surprise that Game of Thrones used this location. Though, I can’t say that the scene filmed here was as grand as its architecture. This was the location used for the Riot of King’s Landing, when Joffery infamously told his personal guard to execute the entire crowd.

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Jesuit Steps | The Sept of Baelor

Just up from the Stradun is a beautiful set of steps that featured in many scenes from seasons 5 & 6 as the exterior of the Sept of Baelor. It was here that Cersei began her Walk of Shame, before continuing through the streets as a sign of penance. Unfortunately the actual Sept was digitally put in, but you will definitely feel as if you have stepped onto the set because they didn’t change much else around the stairs.

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St Dominika Street | Streets of Kings Landing

Just within the city walls, St Dominika Street has been the set for many market scenes throughout all the seasons. With the Dominican Monastery in the background it was also used in season 2 when Tyrion and Bronn stand and witness a protest from the common people, and when the Gold Clocks murdered one of Robert’s bastards. It is also where you can walk in the footsteps of Cersei Lannister as she took her Walk of Shame, though thankfully you can be clothed when you walk along it.

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Rector’s Palace | Qarth

Located within the main part of Dubrovnik, Rector’s Palace was used to film the Spice King of Qarth’s residence. In the external courtyards of the Palace you will recognise the location for the scene in which Danereys requests ships from the Spice King to take her across the Narrow Sea.

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Lokrum Island | Qarth

If you had fantasies of attending the garden party that Danereys was lucky enough to be invited to while in Qarth, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily recreate it at the Benedictine Monastery on Lokrum Island, only a 15 minutes ferry ride from Dubrovnik. You can also explore the mini Game of Thrones museum here on the island, and even get a chance to sit on the Iron Throne!

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Trsteno Arboretum | The Gardens of the Red Keep

The beautiful Trsteno Arboretum just on the outskirts of Dubrovnik was the location for most of the scenes involving the exterior and Gardens of the Red Keep scenes . It is where we first get to meet Lady Olenna and where many of Sansa and Margaery private conversations occur. This is a must visit for any Tyrell fans.

Dubrovnik is literally like taking a step onto the set of Game of Thrones, every street that you walk done you are sure to find something that reminds you of the show, everywhere you look or turn makes you feel as if you have been transported to the streets of Kings Landing. So with the show finally returning in July what better time than to go check out some of the locations on your very own Game of Thrones tour.

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