Game of Thrones in Croatia
Where is located George R.R. Martin’s world in real life ? In Croatia, mostly. That’s where many scenes from the show were filmed.
What does King’s Landing look like in reality ? The capital of Westeros borrows many of its streets and locations from Dubrovnik. The Red Keep, a fortress built by Aegon the Conqueror 300 years before the events of the series and home of the king of the Seven Kingdoms, found a magnificent setting : Fort Lovrijenac, or Fort St. Lawrence, the fortress of Dubrovnik. The docks located at the foot of this same Fortress Lovrijenac appear several times in the show, in fact each time characters leave or arrive in King’s Landing by boat : the departure of Mircella, the conversations between Oberyn-Cersei....
But other locations also frequently appear : the steps of the Sept, the many stairs, the long street that we often see… It’s also in the streets of Dubrovnik that Cersei is compelled to walk naked at the end of season 5, for her “walk of shame”.
The setting of the city of Dubrovnik is also used to represent Qarth, city of the second season, even if it’s located far from King’s Landing on the map of Westeros. This is where you will be able to see the buildings (Sponza Palace and Knezev dvor) of the palace of the very rich merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos who accommodates, in a self-serving way, Daenerys and her small troops during season 2.
Still in Dubrovnik, still in Qarth : the Minčeta Tower, used to represent the House of the Undying, the strange tower of the magicians of Quath who seek to steal Daenerys’s dragons at the end of season 2.
Even if Dubrovnik is everywhere in Game of Thrones, over the seasons, buildings from other cities were also used : Imotski, Kastela, Split, Sibenik…
The gardens of the Red Keep, arboretum in which many characters like to wander, is located in the Botanic garden of the city of Trsteno in real life.
Qarth, is also the Island of Lokrum. It is used as a setting for the villa and the gardens of the very rich merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
The city of Sibenik only appears in season 5, to represent Braavos. Scenes (in the House of Black and White or the Temple of the Faceless assassins) were filmed near the Saint-Jacques Cathedral, listed in the UNESCO world heritage. Others, in the medieval streets of the city, perfect for girly frenzied races and discreet murders.
The stair-step ramps that allow to get to the city of Meereen, that Daenerys conquers to liberate the slaves? They are the ones of the fortress of Klis, with pyramids added with special effects in the background.
The room of Daenerys’s Throne when she conquers Meereen ? In reality, it’s a room in Diocletian’s Palace, in Split. It’s also there, in the basement of the same Diocletian’s Palace (Split), that we can find the pit in which the a little too turbulent dragons who eat children are locked up.
Other must-sees in Split : Papalićeva street, where the slave uprising scene occurs; and Villa Dalmacija that represents Dorne in season 5.
Finally, the last unmissable spot : the arena where the legendary combat between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane, aka. The Mountain, takes place.