The Making of King’s Landing: Dubrovnik & Game of Thrones


The Making of King’s Landing: Dubrovnik & Game of Thrones

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When it first arrived on our screens back in 2011, die-hard TV fans and general fans alike were delighted by the Medieval-esque HBO fantasy Game of Thrones thanks to its stellar writing, surprising casting and epic aesthetic.

But one of the aspects of the show that made it so visually engaging was its use of real-life locations as opposed to sets or CGI. Viewers could instantly tell that a lot of time and effort went into finding and dressing real locations around the world to match the adventure set out by author George R.R. Martin in his legendary book series.

Ireland provided much of the scenery fans came to know in series 1, but the scenes that stood out arguably more than any others were the ones set in the classical Royal city of King’s Landing, which were actually filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

At Whereabouts Holidays we have a selection of epic Adventure Holiday options in which you can visit the iconic city and stroll around King’s Landing yourself! Let’s take a look at a few things about Dubrovnik you might not know…


A Ready-Made Fortress City

Compared to a lot of other film or television productions that travel to foreign cities, Dubrovnik actually needed very little changes to accommodate the look and feel of King’s Landing.

Continuously reinforced between the thirteenth and seventeenth century, and totalling an overall length of over 6000 metres, the strong outer wall surrounding Dubrovnik was perfect for encapsulating the fictional fortress home of the Lannister Family.

Add to this the exceptionally well-preserved stonework on display around the city in every street, alley and church the HBO crew couldn’t have asked for a more ideal location for multiple scenes and set pieces across the entire series.

You might find the odd piece of green screen in the behind-the-scenes footage, but when it came to filming within the parameters of the city itself, you’ll be able to recognise all your favourite King’s Landing locations without question.


The Old Town

Whilst it’s very easy to appreciate the grandness of Dubrovnik from afar, the real treats for the eyes come when you begin to explore the city’s gorgeous Old Town up-close.

Home to some of the most memorable Game of Thrones moments, the Old Town is littered with classic Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. As you can imagine, perfect for the Lannisters!

There are potentially hundreds of scenes and locations we could pick to tell you about here, but without question, the Jesuit Staircase has become the most iconic thanks to the now famous ‘Walk Of Shame’ scene.

It serves as the starting point of Cersei Lannister’s humiliating trail through the streets of King’s Landing, totally naked, being assaulted with all arrangements of rotten fruit and other unsightly substances.

It may be horrific, but it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the entire city, and certainly one of the most memorable scenes in the show’s history.


The Red Viper vs The Mountain

Speaking of memorable scenes, Dubrovnik has played host to many of them! Including this gem from series four…

There’s nothing in modern law-making that quite matches a trial by combat, is there? Well, that’s what Tyrion Lannister was faced with in series four as he stood accused of murdering King Joffrey.

Tyrion chose Prince Oberyn Martell (The Red Viper) to represent him in the arena, while the Lannisters went with a more obvious choice – Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain), known for his tremendous size and strength.

In the end, it would be Clegane that would emerge victorious in a particularly bloody affair.

But the real star of the show (aside from the actors) is the location:

The scene was actually filmed slightly outside of the city at the waterside abandoned Hotel Belvedere. The empty railed stands were transformed into a battle arena for the action-packed scene which proved to be pivotal for the story moving forward.

These are but a handful of sensational scenes that were filmed in and around Croatia’s TV-tourism capital. But if you’d like to visit stunning Dubrovnik for yourself, check out some of our Dubrovnik-based adventure holidays at the link below:

Or, if you’re looking for another Croatian destination, we have plenty on offer around the country to satisfy your adventurous nature:

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