TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
A gigantic structure designed by the Targaryens to contain their dragons, Dragonpit was largely destroyed during the Dance of the Dragons. An event that took place 170 years before the events recounted in Game of Thrones. An arena actually located in Italica, Spain.
Italica by Diego Delso. Wikimedia.

“We can destroy them by burning them. (beat) And we can destroy them with dragonglass. If we don’t win this fight, then that is the fate of every person in the world.”

Jon Snow (Kit Harington)

The Game of Thrones showrunners have always tried to use real locations for their filming. Already installed in Spain, in Girona and on the Basque coast in particular, the production found the perfect place to film the meeting of Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) or Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in Dragonpit. A meeting with the aim of proving to Cersei the existence of the White Walkers in order to organize a response.

Italica’s amphitheater to keep dragons

The objective of the teams in charge of the scouting is to find the remains of an arena large enough to have been able, in the story, to contain the fury of gigantic dragons. Of course, it is impossible to shoot at the Coliseum. The amphitheater of Italica, also built by the Romans, is on the other hand available and ticks all the boxes: it is very large, about 157 meters in diameter, is partly destroyed, but still looks very good. Its floor is also, unlike that of the Colosseum, whole. Thus, the whole team settles there and makes shots in which intervene two fantastic creatures: the dragon on which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrives and the white walker that Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) brings in a wooden box. Given its imposing character and its location in the middle of an archaeological site, the amphitheater does not need much modification to play the role of an arena once used to keep the dragons.

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The arenas of the Seven Crowns kingdom

Supposedly located in King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, the seat of power where the last great battle for the Iron Throne is to take place, the arena is digitally adjoined to other sets actually located in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A clever editing process created a perfectly believable illusion on the screen and thus showed for the first time an emblematic place whose history is intimately linked to that of the Targaryens, the family that once ruled the Seven Crowns.


The entire series uses 3,000 pyrotechnic effects.

Fossedragon. Tous droits réservés : HBO.
Fossedragon Game of Thrones
Fossedragon Game of Thrones. Tous droits réservés : HBO.

Amphitheatre of Italica

With a capacity of 25,000 seats, the Italica amphitheater is, with its 157 meters in diameter, one of the largest in the world.

Located in the ancient Roman city of Italica, in the province of Betica, this amphitheater is part of a vast archaeological complex that also includes a theater, thermal baths, aqueducts, several houses and a temple. Almost as large as the Colosseum and the amphitheater of Capua, the amphitheater of Italica is subject to several theories: while some scholars say it was the work of Emperor Trajan, others think it was was commanded by Hadrian. These two emperors being the only ones whose families lived in the region.

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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