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Where is the real GOT “Kings Landing”?

Filming Location for King’s Landing Harbor
Filming Location for King’s Landing Harbor

Old Town Dubrovnik was chosen as the perfect filming location for “Kings Landing” in the Game of Thrones TV series. Anyone who has been to Old Town Dubrovnik knows why.  If you haven’t been, now is the time to visit to see for yourself why this lovely walled town is the perfect setting for “Kings Landing”, the capital city of the “Seven Kingdoms”.   When visiting you will recognize immediately why Old Town Dubrovnik was chosen as the perfect setting to “bring to life”, the magical stronghold of the Lannister Family. Visiting by crewed yacht charter is the perfect way to see Old Town from both land and sea; just as viewers see “King’s Landing”, from both land and sea.

Dubrovnik Walls and Ramparts
Dubrovnik Walls and Ramparts

The Old Town of Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th Century by refugees from Greece.  Today Old Town Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, overflowing with medieval building details, and is a perfect setting for “Kings Landing”.  Besides Old Town, Lovrijenac Fortress, Bokar Fortress and Lokrum Island,  just outside of the walled Old Town Fortress, were also used as filming locations.

Important Filming Locations

Most of the filming that took place in and around Dubrovnik Old Town started in Season 2, with a total of 19 sites being used to film scenes for the Game of Thrones TV series.

  • The Lannister’s were filmed in Seasons 2 and 3 at Pile Gate, most famously in a scene where King Joffrey, when attacked entering King’s Landing, screams “kill them all”, and when Jamie Lannister finally returns to King’s Landing after his journeys sans a hand.

    The Harbor where Myrcella was waved good-bye
    The Harbor where Myrcella was waved good-bye
  • Myrcella is waved good-bye when leaving King’s Landing for what becomes her last time, just outside the Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik, close to Pile Gate in the small little harbor located between Bokar and Lovrijenac Fortresses.
  • The fortress walls of Old Town were a backdrop for many scenes.
  • Minceta Tower, the highest point in Dubrovnik, was a filming location both for the “House of the Undying” in Qarth, and Daenery’s search for her stolen dragons.
  • The 16th Century Ethnographic Museum was transformed into Littlefinger’s brothel.
  • The Jesuit Stairs were used in various scenes, perhaps most
    Jesuit Staircase, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Jesuit Staircase, Dubrovnik, Croatia

    famously as the setting from where Cercei begins her walk of atonement to return home.

  • Within the 15th Century Rector’s Palace, now a museum, was the location for the interior of the Spice King’s mansion, from whom Daenerys begs for ships to carry her army across the “Narrow Sea”.
  • The Stradun, the main street in Old Town, was used for the Walk of Penance in Season 5.
  • The narrow streets of Dubrovnik were the backdrop for most of the market scenes in “King’s Landing” as well as scenes with the City Watch including the hunt and murder of the bastard children.
  • The Ploče Gate on the eastern side of Old Town was used as the entrance to the “Red Keep”, and was the entrance used by Cercsei at the end of her Walk of Shame.

    Pile Gate Entrance
    Pile Gate Entrance
  • Hotel Belvedere, a derelict hotel just outside Dubrovnik, was where the infamous fight scene between Prince Oberyn and the Mountain in Season 4 was filmed in the little amphitheater on site.
  • Fort Bokar, which forms part of the Dubrovnik City Walls, was used often when filming the sea walls for “King’s Landing”.
  • Fort Lovrijenac was used often when filming scenes that took place in the Red Keep in Season 2 and 3.
  • The nearby island of Lokrum was the location for the “City of Qarth” where Daenerys socializes with the city’s most important citizens.

Old Town Dubrovnik was felt by the show’s Producers to be exactly what might be in the mind’s eye for so many of the scenes filmed in the Game of Thrones.  However, don’t stop there.  Cruise along the coast of Dubrovnik on a crewed yacht charter up to Sibenik to see various filming locations along the way for other important scenes in the Game of Thrones TV series, and to see more of the lovely coastline and islands of Croatia.

Visit the Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters Website for More Information!