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A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

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A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

This has been the longest, harshest winter Game of Thrones fans have ever been forced to live through (if you can call this living). We thought the wait for last season was long. Little did we know what HBO would have in store for us following Season 7’s epic final episode, ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’. However, that does not mean that all things Game of Thrones must also be put on hold.

If you’re planning a last-minute holiday this summer and are currently unsure where to go, why not try the capital of Westeros? We call it King’s Landing, but it is also known as Dubrovnik.

Located along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of the top Mediterranean holiday destinations and a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the filming location for the Game of Thrones cities of King’s Landing and Quarth.

Last week, I was lucky enough to spend five days in Dubrovnik. On each day, I visited iconic locations from Game of Thrones, nerding out to a whole new level. Here is a list of my top five MUST SEE Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik.

1. Jesuit Staircase – The Steps of the Great Sept of Baelor

A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

Playing host to one of the most iconic moments of the series, the Jesuit Staircase is an absolute MUST SEE for Game of Thrones fans. Located just off Gunduliceva Poljana, the staircase is easy to find and flanked on either side by restaurants and souvenir shops. The opening sequence to Cersei’s Walk of Shame was filmed on the staircase, something that the many guided tours highlight. However, if you’re savvy enough, you can avoid the expense of these tours and find the locations yourself! A bit of advice, if you want your picture taken on the steps, arrive early in the morning before the crowds descend. Otherwise, you may get lost in your own photo.

2. Ploče Gate – Entrance to the Red Keep

A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

This is certainly the easiest Game of Thrones location to find in Dubrovnik. The Ploče Gate, situated at the East Entrance to the city, is instantly recognisable as the location where Cersei ends her Walk of Shame. Once again, this place is packed with tourists during the day, yet in the early mornings and in the evenings it is much quieter. Therefore, if you want to take some decent pictures, you should go at these times. However, you should bear in mind that it is a working entrance and exit to the Old Town, therefore a perfectly staged photograph, without any ‘extras’, is unlikely.

3. City Walls – The Walls of King’s Landing

A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s city walls double as the sea facing walls of King’s Landing. The walls feature prominently in Season Two, in the build up to The Battle of the Blackwater and in Season Six, when Jaime returns to King’s Landing with Myrcella’s body. Unlike the previous two locations, however, you will have to pay to see them. A standard ticket costs 150 Kuna (€20, £18, $24). This gets you access to all of Dubrovnik’s city walls, offering superb views of the Old Town and the surrounding coastline. Remember to keep you’re ticket on you, as there are checks along the walls. Once again, the advice is to arrive early in the morning or later on toward the evening, as the walls become very crowded during the day.

4. Minčeta Tower – The House of the Undying (Quarth)

A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

Whilst most of the locations in Dubrovnik were used for scenes of King’s Landing, the Minčeta Tower (the highest point in the city) also doubles as The House of the Undying, home to the Warlock’s of Quarth. You may recognise the location from Season 2, Episode 10 – ‘Valar Morghulis’, where Daenerys attempts to reclaim her stolen dragons from the Warlocks. From the top of the tower you will find stunning views of the Old Town. You’ll also be pleased to know that Minčeta Tower is included in the ticket to walk the City Walls. I hate to sound like a broken record, but get there early in the day or toward the evening to avoid the crowds. You should also be prepared for lots of steep steps and take appropriate footwear. Flip Flops aren’t really suitable!

5. Fort Lovrijenac – Various Scenes of King’s Landing

A Game Of Thrones tour – 5 must see locations in Dubrovnik

Fort Lovreijenac is situated just outside the Old Town of Dubrovnik and is accessible via a set of stairs, located next to the main bus stop near Pile Gate. However, the stairs are easy to miss, so keep an eye out. Don’t walk past them and then carry on walking in the wrong direction for another ten minutes (cough, cough). The fort was used for various locations in King’s Landing, from Season One’s exchanges between Littlefinger and Cersei, to Season’s Two’s Tourney on King Joffrey’s name day. Entry is also included in the ticket for the City Walls, so once again you can visit another Game of Thrones filming location for the price of 150 Kuna, which is pretty reasonable.

Pile Bay and Pile Gate are two other locations that fans will instantly recognise, should they decide to visit Dubrovnik. The island of Lokrum, used for scenes of Quarth, is also only a ten-minute boat ride away. A Game of Thrones exhibition, complete with replica Iron Throne, is located on the Island. Slightly further out is the settlement of Trsteno Arboretum, which was used to film more scenes of King’s Landing.

If you’re yet to decide where to go this summer, you must consider Dubrovnik. Walking through the Old Town is like walking through King’s Landing, only without the City Watch, the hoards of smelly peasants and the general filth (Dubrovnik is spotlessly clean). You won’t regret it!

If you have visited a Game Of Thrones filming location and would like to share your experience with our readers, do send us a message.







Michael Smith is an entertainment writer and short story writer from Portsmouth, UK. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Michael started his own entertainment blog, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blog’, which he is in the process of developing into an official site. Michael’s interests lie in Television, Film and Music. His favorite Game of Thrones character is Ser Davos Seaworth, mainly because of his Geordie accent.

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7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.

 

1. We have a Dragon in the trailer

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.

 

2. Blackfyre

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen.  Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.

 

3. Dark Sister

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.

 

4. Catspaw dagger

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer.  The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.

 

5. Tourney at Horn Hill

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.

One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.

We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

 

6. Stark sigil

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.

 

7. New Iron Throne

HBO releases House of the Dragon teaser trailer

It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.

As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.

According to George R. R. Martin, this is the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne

 

What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.

You can also join our newly created Telegram group to talk about the show/books and interact with other fans.

 







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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.

Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”

This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.

What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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