Game of Thrones is a hit series that consists of 8 seasons that aired on HBO. Shot at different locations around the world, fans have been clamoring for more fun facts from the concluded blockbuster. That being said, the first thing a diehard fan would want to explore would be the capital of the Seven Kingdoms known as King's Landing.
And what more could satisfy a diehard Game of Thrones fan than knowing where the King’s Landing scenes were filmed? By actually going there! They were filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia. With its wonderful views and scenic destinations, it will not be hard for anyone to imagine how Dubrovnik became the center of the Seven Kingdoms.
Booking guided tours or doing the touring alone are some of the options when exploring the filming locations of Game of Thrones. Read along to find out what you will see on your Dubrovnik tour in Croatia.
9 The Ploce Gate
From Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the main entrance named the Ploce Gate on the eastern part was built in the 14th century. The gate has a stone bridge and two sections – the inner and outer sections. Before the gate was upgraded, the bridge was made of wood and used to be locked up every night to protect the town from unwanted guests and invaders.
During the second season of Game of Thrones, the Ploce Gate was used in the scene where Lancel Lannister and Tyrion Lannister were having a conversation while Bronn was waiting at a distance. It was also the place that served as the entrance to the Red Keep where Cersei Lannister entered the gate following her walk of shame in Season 5.
8 Gradac Park
Located on top of Dance Beach is Gradac Park. This place is just a few steps away from Old Town and boasts a tranquil nature and peaceful ambiance. Benches are situated all over the park for visitors to pass time and enjoy nature while atop a cliff with magnificent views of the beach. In addition, the park has a small pond that is filled with slowly swimming goldfish.
Gradac Park served as the filming grounds for the Purple Wedding in Game of Thrones Season 4, where the groom King Joffrey was poisoned, which led to the arrest of Tyrion Lannister.
7 Minceta Tower
Branded by the locals as the city’s symbol, the Minceta Tower has to be the most remarkable fort in the city of Dubrovnik. The tower is considered the tallest point in the city of Dubrovnik and was used to film the scene in season 2 where Daenerys Targaryen was looking for her missing dragons. This tower also served as the House of the Undying and was filmed without using any CGI, making it the best life-like location.
6 Rector’s Palace
Built during the middle of the 15th century, Rector’s Palace is among the most popular palaces in Dubrovnik. This Gothic-style palace has now been transformed into a museum where visitors from different countries can immerse themselves in the history and culture of Dubrovnik.
Adding to its popularity is when the palace was used as the backdrop in the scene on Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen sought the assistance of the Spice King of Qarth to lend her ships for her army to sail through the Narrow Sea.
5 St. Dominic Street
Dubrovnik’s old and walled city can be described as a maze of twisted lanes and closely built stone houses. There were numerous Game of Thrones scenes filmed in this location, most of which were market clips, and was also the place where the Gold Cloaks or the City Watch lurk. The illegitimate sons of King Robert were also murdered here. This was also the place where Cersei walked naked for the atonement of her sins in Season 5.
4 Jesuit Staircase
This is where the scene took place when Cersei Lannister was stripped off of her clothes and walked naked in front of the crowd while a woman continually says the words “shame.” This was said to be one of the most expensive scenes in Game of Thrones season 5 as all the vendors, restaurants and bars had to be remunerated for a day’s revenues and wages.
3 Walls of Dubrovnik
The Walls of Dubrovnik surrounds the ancient city and was also used for pivotal scenes in Game of Thrones. This is where the Battle of Blackwater Bay took place, where the fleet of ships led by Stannis Baratheon was blown to smithereens by green wildfire. This was also used in season 4 when Cersei visited The Mountain and asked him to become her champion for the trial by combat demanded by Tyrion Lannister.
2 Bokar Fortress
This fortress that was built in the 13th century to protect the city’s entrance was featured in Game of Thrones season 7 when Cersei tells her brother Jaime that she plans on joining forces with Euron Grayjoy. It was also used in the final season when Daenerys Targaryen decided to turn the city to ashes despite the ringing of bells that signifies surrender.
1 Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island is the crown jewel of Dubrovnik and serves as a place of relaxation for the locals after a long day. The island appears in Game of Thrones when Daenerys Targaryen goes to Quarth to mingle with the elite. During your visit, you can find the Iron Throne which was given by the producers of GOT to Dubrovnik as a gift.