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Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her lady-in-waiting Lady Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) ride to the Red Keep in a carriage after Rhaenyra Targaryen takes a ride with her dragon. They cross part of King's Landing. The square through which they pass is the Plaza Major of Trujillo.
Plaza Mayor de Trujillo
Plaza Mayor de Trujillo by Carlos Delgado. Wikimedia.

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Widely used, along with Girona, to create King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik was also used in House of the Dragon, but to a lesser extent. For the scenes of the pilot episode taking place inside the city, the producers have moved to Spain and in particular to Trujillo. Director Miguel Sapochnik filmed the arrival of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) at the Red Keep at the Plaza Major. For the occasion, several arrangements were made. The statue of Francisco Pizarro, for example, has been digitally erased to make room for the representation of a dragon with folded wings. The buildings, as for them, have been dressed but remain recognizable.

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Chosen for its mix of Roman, Islamic, Gothic, Italian and Renaissance influences, the city shares the screen with Cáceres, another historic Spanish city where several sequences were also filmed.

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King's Landing Square
King’s Landing Square. All rights reserved: HBO.

Plaza Mayor de Trujillo

Located in downtown Trujillo, this square is the place for all gatherings. It includes several historical monuments.

Particularly recognizable by its stairs and its equestrian sculpture by Francisco Pizarro, this square also includes historical sites such as the Palace of the Conquest, the San Martin church, the old town hall, the Palace of Juan Pizarro de Orellana, the Quintanilla Palace, the Palace of Caves and Sotomayor or even the House of the chain. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1962.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, August 29, 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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