Oldtown's Citadel

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Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) arrives at the citadel of Villevieille accompanied by Vere (Hannah Murray) and her baby. He intends to begin his apprenticeship to become the master of Châteaunoir. The whole sequence was filmed inside the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona.
Sant Pere de Galligants
Monastery Sant Pere de Galligants by Escarlati. Wikimedia.

“I must be the new maester.”

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West)

The scene begins in the vicinity of Villevieille, when Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West), accompanied by Vère (Hannah Murray) and her child admire the impressive citadel of the mestres. A building in the form of a tower entirely shaped in computer generated images, unlike the interiors, which were filmed in the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants in Girona.

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Accustomed to the presence in the streets of actors and other technicians of the team of Game of Thrones, the inhabitants of Girona had the pleasure of seeing the director Miguel Sapochnik exploit Sant Pere de Galligants for the needs of this sequence. It is in the center of the building that the shooting was concentrated, under the light filtered by the high windows. It is amusing to note that the monastery has absolutely nothing in common with the citadel as the series presents it. However, the illusion works perfectly.


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Samwell in Oldtown
Samwell at the Oldtown’s Citadel All rights reserved: HBO.

Sant Pere de Galligants

Built from 992, Sant Pere de Galligants is a Benedictine abbey in Girona. Since 1857 it has housed the headquarters of the Archeology Museum of Catalonia.

Declared a national monument in 1931, this monastery stands out in particular thanks to its rose window 3.5 meters in diameter. Comprising several columns and other sculptures, it stands out as a formidable example of Catalan Roman architecture. Its name refers to the Galligants River, whose course passes in front of the building. Sant Pere de Galligants is often used as an exhibition venue. Various events are organized there.

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, August 25, 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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