Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
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Game of Thrones began filming in Morocco at the start of season three. The former fortified city of Aït Benhaddou was transformed into Yunkai, where Daenerys temporarily resides. The Game of Thrones producers aren’t the first filmmakers to use the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site; it was also featured in Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain
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Five centuries ago, Catholic monarchs occupied Alcázar de Sevilla. Today, it is the make-believe Palace of Dorne. In season five, viewers are introduced to the lush gardens and palatial facades where the charismatic Doran Martell lives. The grounds are open to the public and are a popular summer destination for those touring Seville.
Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia
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About 12 kilometres north of Dubrovnik is the small village of Trsteno Arboretum. The expansive gardens and ivy-covered pergolas set the stage for the gardens of King’s Landing. Fans of the show flock here to catch a glimpse of the royal family or their allies, the Lannisters and the Tyrells.
Azure Window, Malta
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Various locations in Malta made their way into frame in the first season of Game of Thrones. The Azure Window found in Malta’s Gozo provided the backdrop for Daenerys’ wedding to Khal Drogo in season one. The city of Mdina in Western Malta was also used as King’s Landing before the show’s producers moved to Croatia for season two.
Castle Ward Estate, Northern Ireland
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Most of the interior shots in Game of Thrones are filmed inside a studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland, however producers have also taken advantage of the area’s dramatic landscapes and Gothic-style castles. Castle Ward, for instance, in County Down, features as Winterfell – the home of the Stark family. Image: By Ardfern via Wikimedia Commons.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
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The Dark Hedges has long been an iconic road in Northern Ireland. In season two, when Arya Stark makes her exit from King’s Landing, the famous avenue is transformed into the Kingsroad.
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From season two onwards, the city of Dubrovnik has played the role of King’s Landing, home of the kings and queens of Westeros. The old town in Dubrovnik is surrounded by thick stone walls and sits atop a cliff by the Dalmatian Coast creating the perfect atmosphere for a medieval seaside town.
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Perched on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco, the town of Essaouria also captured the eyes of the Game of Thrones crew. Posing as the city of Astapor, Essaouria was chosen for its towering stone walls and medieval-styled buildings.
Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland
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In a remote part of the Northern Irish coast lies Murlough Bay, better known to Game of Thrones fans as the Iron Islands. Murlough Bay boasts views across to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre . . . aka, Theon Greyjoy’s home in the Iron Islands.
Hverjfall volcano, Iceland
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Viewers get their first glimpse “beyond the wall” of Westeros in season three. All of the scenes beyond the wall are filmed in various locations in Iceland. The most recognisable landscape for Game of Thrones fans is the Hverjall volcano, which takes centre stage in season five.