Temple of Thulsa Doom

Movie Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Barbarian tells the story of a fighter, driven by a powerful desire for revenge, in a world without pity whose contours John Milius managed to draw by exploiting the landscapes of southern Spain.
Peñón de Bernal, Almeria, Spain
Peñón de Bernal, Almeria, Spain - Credit: Nhathurhal, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Valor pleases you, Crom, so grant me one request. Grant me revenge. And if you do not listen, then to hell with you.

Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

“My goal is to make a good pagan entertainment, but first and foremost a love story. An adventure where great things happen. It’s going to be barbaric, I’m not going to hold back my punches.” This is how John Milius announces the color at the beginning of the shooting of Conan the Barbarian. Although the production headquarters are located in Madrid, the team set up its cameras in the region of Almeria. Of the twenty million dollar budget, three million dollars are allocated to the construction of the sets.

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The famous Ron Cobb is at the helm and designs very realistic facilities such as the famous temple of Thulsa Doom, built on a mountainside. The structure of this huge building is made of concrete and wood. From nothing, the craftsmen of the chief decorator erected this impressive building of 50 meters long and 22 meters high. In total, the temple has 120 steps and costs $350,000 alone.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had to lose 15 kg to interpret Conan in order to look look sharper.

Scène au Temple de Thulsa Doom dans Conan le Barbare
Scene at the Temple of Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian – Credit: Universal Pictures and Dino De Laurentiis Productions
Scene at the Temple of Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian
Scene at the Temple of Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian – Credit: Universal Pictures and Dino De Laurentiis Productions

Peñón de Bernal

A rocky massif belonging to the Sierra de Gádor, the Peñón de Bernal reaches an altitude of 755 meters. Today it welcomes hikers for long and steep walks.

Only open from January to May so as not to disturb the reproduction of birds, this natural site is very popular with climbing enthusiasts. It is estimated that it dates from about 200 million years ago. It consists of a limestone monolith planted on a green hill. Nothing remains today of the stairs or the temple of Conan the Barbarian but the setting is still easily identifiable. Moreover, it offers a breathtaking view of the wonders of the region.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, June 22, 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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