For those who don’t already know, the US production company behind the Game of Thrones TV series “picked Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic – as the setting for the capital city of Westeros, King’s Landing”. It was an excellent choice for many reasons, not only Dubrovnik’s stunning medieval beauty.
I don’t know if writer George R. R. Martin visited Dubrovnik, but it’s a shame if he didn’t since it’s undeniably the perfect setting for his novels. Filming of episodes also occurred in Canada, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, and Malta.
Ironically, Dubrovnik is a “capital city in its own right – of the now extinct Republic of Ragusa”.
Have to admit I’ve only seen a few episodes of Game of Thrones – certainly not all 7 seasons with Season 8 to begin in April 2019. As we walked, our guide showed us photos from the series most memorable Dubrovnik scene locations, including:
- Pile Gate where King Joffrey faced a riot and got pelted with dung
- Lovrijenac Fort and Kolorina Bay the site of the Battle of Backwater
- Fortified Walls of Dubrovnik where Tyrion Lannister and Varys took a stroll
- Gradac Park site of The Purple Wedding
- Walk of Shame where Cersei Lannister atoned for her sins by walking naked through the streets beginning at the Jesuit Stairs
- Island of Lokrum the City of Qarth visited by Daenerys Targaryen
- Arboretum Trsteno the beautiful gardens of King’s Landing
- Minčeta Tower the House of Undying in Qarth
Unlike almost everyone else in the tour group, I didn’t clamor to have my photo taken where each well-know episode occurred. It was a clear, windy day, and I was freezing – needed an extra layer. The sea breeze went right through my bones! Every day spent in Dubrovnik I fall more in love with its exquisite natural beauty. I’ve met other tourists and locals and am enjoying quiet, non-rushed time here. Now think I must read A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin’s series of historical fiction novels…