Godswood of Winterfell

TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
All members of the Stark family gather to pray at the foot of the weirwood, the central tree of Winterfell's Godswood. An emblematic place of the series located in Saintfield, in a small forest sheltered from outside eyes. A place that has been exploited throughout the eight seasons.

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Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)

The Godswood of Winterfell appears in the first season. The Starks pray by a weirwood, a tree with red foliage and a face on its trunk. Recognizable by its whitish bark, the weirwood secretes a scarlet sap that gives the impression that the face bleeds at regular intervals. The characters in Game of Thrones, the Stark family at least, believe that the weirwoods allow the old gods to see humans and possibly intervene on their behalf. It is also a weirwood that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) uses with the Three-Eyed Raven to obtain visions.

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Winterfell’s Godswood in Saintfield

The Godswood as it appears in the series does exist. However, it is nowhere near Castle Ward, the castle used to create Winterfell. The teams of decorators having decided to settle near Saintfield, in a small wood whose exact location is unknown to this day. As for the weirwood, it has been shaped from scratch to perfectly match the description given by the writer George R.R. Martin in his novels. An impressive tree, pivot of a story with multiple ramifications.


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Bois sacré de Winterfell
Bois sacré de Winterfell. Tous droits réservés : HBO.


A charming village in County Down in Northern Ireland, Saintfield hosted the filming of some crucial scenes from the Game of Thrones series.

The creation of the village of Saintfield took place in the 17th century. Structured around a church, it gradually developed on the fringes of the big cities. Several other religious monuments were also built later. Saintfield is now home to the Rowallane Garden, a magnificent garden notably made up of azaleas and rhododendrons. The town also had its heyday thanks to the Game of Thrones series. It is indeed here that the sacred wood of Winterfell is located as well as the fields where the Battle of the Bastards and the Battle of Winterfell were filmed.

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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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