Water Gardens of Dorne

TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
The Water Gardens are the residence of the princely family of Dorne. This is where Princess Myrcella is sent in episode 2 of the season 5. Several scenes were filmed in the Alcazar of Seville and in particular in the Mudejar Palace, a part of the Alcazar. A unique place in the world, however, replaced by the Almeria's Alcazaba from the season 6.
Alcazar of Seville
Alcazar of Seville by Cat. Wikimedia.

“We are everywhere in Dorne. I have ten thousand brothers and sisters.”

Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma)

Spain, land of filming

Spain is, after Northern Ireland, the country that the production has most exploited in the filming of Game of Thrones. The different directors have thus moved to different places along the Basque coast, in Girona, near the Mediterranean coast, not far from Saragossa or of course in Almeria and Seville.

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Seville and the water gardens of Dorne

It is in this very touristic city that the teams of the location scouting have chosen the Alcazar, a formidable architectural ensemble registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The alcazar of Seville having become on screen the Water Gardens of Dorne. The water gardens are first revealed in season 5 when young Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free) is sent to Dorne as a ward. The Mudejar Palace, one of the most famous parts of the gardens, was the location for the filming of the sequence in which Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) meets Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig).

Game of Thrones has contributed greatly to a significant increase in visits to the Alcázar of Seville. A place already popular for having served as a backdrop for films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Wind and the Lion, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Night and Day.


The Water Gardens of Dorne appear in 3 episodes of season 5 of Game of Thrones.

Dorne. Tous droits réservés : HBO

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the Alcazar of Seville is a fortified palace built by the Umayyads of Spain.

The construction of the alcazar began in 844 on an ancient Roman site. Modified several times over the centuries, it has several palaces. In 844, the alcazar played a predominant role in repelling a Viking attack. Consisting of several parts such as the courtyard of the Dolls or the courtyard of the Demoiselles, the monument is still used today by the Spanish royal family. The alcazar was used as part of the filming of the Game of Thrones series where it houses certain scenes taking place in the Aquatic Gardens of Dorne.

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, September 1, 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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