Gardens of Dorne

TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
Previously shot in the alcazar of Seville, the scenes in the Water Gardens of Dorne moved to Almeria in season 6, where Conan the Barbarian once forged his legend with his sword. A monument forever inscribed in the great history of popular culture.
Alcazaba of Almería
Alcazaba de Almería by ANE. WIkimedia.

“People everywhere have their differences. In some places the highborn frown upon those of low birth. In other places, the rape and murder of women and children is considered…distasteful. What a fortunate thing for you, former Queen Regent, that your daughter Myrcella has been sent to live in the latter sort of place.”

Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal)

Impressive Alcazaba of Almeria

It is behind the imposing ramparts of the Alcazaba of Almeria that was filmed the assassination of Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) by Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and her daughter Tyerne Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers). It is also in this 10th century monument that Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) makes an alliance with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in episode 10 of season 6.

Diana Rigg, from Emma Peel to Olenna Tyrell

The emblematic actress of The Avengers, Diana Rigg, made the trip to the Alcazaba of Almeria. The late actress having enjoyed playing Olenna Tyrell, one of the most powerful and beloved characters in Game of Thrones, as she explained to the site Fansided: “I loved the complexity of Olenna. She was a political woman, and she played the game brilliantly. Anything and everything executed ruthlessly for the survival of her family, which is historical in a way, like the Borgias and various other famous families.

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A cast of XXL extras

The installation of the production in Almería has put the whole region in turmoil. The casting session organized by HBO to find extras prompted several thousand residents to line up in front of the gym where the auditions were held. What are the criteria of choice? 1.75 meters minimum for men, 1.70 meters for women, dark or black skin, long brown hair, good physical condition and no tattoos. In the end, no less than 2,400 actors for a day were chosen for the entirety of the sequences shot in the region.


Pedro Pascal won 3 awards for his role in Game of Thrones.

Jardins aquatiques de Dorne
Jardins aquatiques de Dorne. Tous droits réservés : HBO.

Conjunto Monumental de la Alcazaba de Almería

A fortress erected in the 10th century, the Alcazaba is one of the main monuments of Almería, a city rich in film locations.

The construction of the Alcazaba contributes to making Almería a medina. The monument is intended primarily to accommodate the local government. It consists of several fortresses for the garrisons but also the governors. Very well preserved, the Alcazaba has acquired real celebrity in popular culture thanks to the filming of Conan the Barbarian by John Milius. It is indeed inside the ramparts that the sets of the feature film have been installed. Later, Game of Thrones also used the place to recreate the Water Gardens of Dorne.

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, September 1, 2022

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