In recent years Croatia, especially the Dalmatian Coast, has seen a massive upsurge in its popularity because it has been one of the prime locations for the filming of the wildly popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones (GOT)’. Stores selling GOT t-shirts and memorabilia can be found in most cities and airports, GOT tours are a common sight in Dubrovnik and now there is even a GOT museum in Split.
In this post we will put some of our photos from the actual GOT filming locations along with the screenshots of the corresponding scenes from the series. This is to show how the use of props, CGI, lighting, colour tone and actors modify a location, sometimes even rendering it unrecognizable. Even people who are not fans of the series might find this interesting.
SCENES IN ŠIBENIK
The most important bank of the GOT universe, called Iron Bank, is located in the city of Braavos. Braavos is also where Arya Stark goes for her training to be an assassin. Many of the scenes for Braavos have been filmed in Šibenik.
SCENES IN SPLIT
In the series, Daenerys spends most of the seasons 4 and 5 in the city of Mereen. Many of the scenes for Mereen have been filmed in the streets and cellars of the 1,700 years old Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
SCENES IN DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik stands in for King’s Landing – the capital city and the centre of power in the GOT universe. Apart from King’s Landing, scenes from some other cities and places have also been filmed in Dubrovnik.
Great Sept of Baelor, the centre of all religious activities, royal weddings and royal funerals, is shown to be situated at the top of the Jesuit Staircase. Hence, this staircase features prominently in the scenes of Tywin Lannister’s funeral, Margaery and Tommen’s wedding and most famously (or infamously) in Cersei’s ‘Walk of Shame’. In reality, the staircase leads to the beautiful Church of St. Ignatius which is neither as grand nor huge like the Great Sept of Baelor.
DOMINICAN MONASTERY/ST. DOMINIC STREET
St. Dominic Street, in front of the Dominican Monastery, is used in many episodes as the crowded and dirty market of King’s Landing. It is also where Cersei continues her ‘Walk of Shame’.
Ploce Gate, the eastern gate of Dubrovnik, is where Cersei’s ‘Walk of Shame’ ends.
Pile Gate is the western gate of Dubrovnik.
The Ethnographic Museum of Dubrovnik substitutes for the infamous Littlefinger’s Brothel.
The interior of Rector’s Palace doubles up as the mansion of the Spice King of Qarth. Daenerys visits the palace to ask the Spice King for his ships which would allow her Dothraki army to cross the Narrow Sea and reach Westeros. The scene has been shot in the atrium of Rector’s Palace.
Fort Lovrijenac, located just outside the city walls, is the setting for Red Keep – the castle where the king lives.
The magnificent city walls are probably the reason why the GOT team chose Dubrovnik as one of the prime locations for the series. They can be seen in various scenes throughout the series.
DUBROVNIK’S WEST HARBOUR AND PIER
Many important scenes have been filmed around Dubrovnik’s West Harbour (also known as Pile Harbour) and its pier. In the series this place is known as Blackwater Bay.