Dragonstone Throne Room
Dragonstone required several scouting sessions to come to life on screen. Thus, the beach on which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her army land is actually the beach of Itzurun, in the Basque part of Spain, a few kilometers from San Sebastian. It is also in the region that the teams of the series found the picturesque path by which the characters access the castle of the Targaryens in San Juan Gaztelugatxe, where in reality sits a small monastery attached to the continent by rocks. The castle itself was inspired by several buildings, including the Notre-Dame de Royan church.
Iron Throne replica
Decorate your bookshelf with this unique bookend featuring the Iron Throne. A hand-painted replica with multiple details. Can be used to hold your books or as a decoration, this Iron Throne replica is the ultimate goodie for fans of the George R. R. Martin universe.
Deborah Riley, one of the main designers of the series traveled extensively during the production of the show, and especially at the end of the show, to find inspiration. And it is in Royan, inside the Notre-Dame church, that she found material to imagine the throne room of Dragonstone. Thus, like Notre-Dame de Royan, the latter includes an opening in the shape of a triangle, just behind the throne. A key location in Game of Thrones also borrowing some details from the Salk Institute in La Jolia, USA.
All episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8 were budgeted at $15 million.
Église Notre-Dame de Royan
The stunning modern-style Église Notre-Dame de Royan was inaugurated in 1958. It is widely regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of the region.
Designed by architects Guillaume Gillet and Marc Hébrard, the Église Notre-Dame de Royan was built on the site of the former neo-Gothic sanctuary dating from 1874, which was destroyed during a bombing on January 5, 1945. Entirely made of rough concrete, this church has an elliptical nave of 45 meters long and 22 wide, where 2000 people can enter. The choir, which is also remarkable, stands out without a doubt. The 60-meter high bell tower, topped by a 6-meter high cross, gives the building a decidedly spectacular appearance. It was designed at the request of Max Brusset, the mayor of Royan at the time, to “straighten” the city’s silhouette and thus create a strong landmark visible from the ocean. The organ in the galleries, which took 20 years to design, is recognized as one of the most exceptional in the country. The church also houses the tomb of its principal architect Guillaume Gillet. Listed as a historical monument, it was restored in 2013 during an ambitious campaign.
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Game of Thrones music box
“Tin-tin, tin-tin-tin, tin…” Listen again to Ramin Djawadi’s cult Game of Thrones theme music with this beautiful music box adorned with beautiful engraving reminiscent of the series.
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