Over the last couple of year, HBO’s original TV series ‘Game Of Thrones’ was been officially crowned as a phenomenal show. The makers of this show aren’t a big fan of VFXs. Here we bring you the 6 magnificent location used to make the most popular television show “Game Of Thrones” as believable as it could get.
6. ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO (ASTAPOR)
The historical coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco was chosen for the shooting of Season 3. Some of Daenerys Targaryen’s badass scenes were shot there, especially the fortress walls that border the city. From outside the town looks similar to Saint-Malo in France. That’s because both the place were designed by the same Frenchman. But once you enter inside Essaouira it’s every inch a Moroccan town. Historically this port city has been a significant trading hub where consumer goods and slave were sold.
5. METEORA, GREECE (THE EYRIE)
Meteora’s dizzying height was the real life inspiration for Game Of Thrones eyrie. The name literally means “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” or “middle of the sky”. It’s a monastery built on natural sandstone rock pillars and is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage. It was thought that such a place would be perfect to live and meditate without being intervened by the outside world. And accordingly the monastery was made difficult to access. According to UNESCO, “The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up vertically alongside the 373 metres (1,224 ft) cliff where the Varlaam monastery dominates the valley symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction.”
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4. CASTLE WARD, IRELAND (WINTERFELL)
Built in 18th century, the Castle is now open to public visits. Audiences had laid eyes on this historic place in the pilot episode. The story goes that the owner Bernard Ward and his wife Lady Anne Magill decide to build their house in 1747. But they disagreed on the designed as Ward wanted a classical English manor house while his lady was set on a Gothic one. After dozens of designs being rejected they finally decided to split the place into half, one side having Goth style and the other in classic mid-Georgian style. It’s an enchanting place.
3. CUSHENDUN, IRELAND (THE STORMLANDS)
This little coastal village has a total population of 138 people (according to the 2001 Census). Its eerie beaches were used for The Stormlands which is one of the nine constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms in the GOT world. Along with its popular beaches and caves, a certain Carra Castle lies in ruins today. Built in the mid 16th century, the Castle is has got quite a mysterious past which only severs to add to the odd feeling of the place.
2. THE DARK HEDGES, IRELAND (KINGSROAD)
Near the village of Armoy along the Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland, lies the looming Dark Hedges. They were planted three centuries ago by the Starts Family in the 1750s. They wanted a spectacular entrance to their Gracehill House James Stuart’s Gregorian mansion. Now years later the Dark Hedges has become a tourist spot and a place of much mythological speculation. A certain Grey Lady is believed to haunt the Dark Hedges. She was rumored to have been a maid of the Gracehill House and died under mysterious circumstances. There are other versions of the story, where the Grey Lady is a lost soul and belongs to a nearby graveyard.
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1. DUBROVNIK, CROATIA (KING’S LANDING)
Home to the Iron Throne, Kingslanding is depicted by the beautiful city Dubrovnik. This seaport city is the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and a famous tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With a total population is 42,615, the city has flourished on Maritime trade particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Now listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it’s bordered by a wall which is said to be among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world.