Dubrovnik: A Tour of King’s Landing (and other locations)

When I visited the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia in November of 2011, I had no idea that one of my favorite television shows, Game of Thrones, had just recently finished filming its second season there. When the season premiere aired four months later, I realized that Dubrovnik had been used to depict King’s Landing (though I also recognized a few other parts of the city in other scenes, such as those in Qarth).

The strange sensation of seeing the city walls I had so recently walked and photographed being used to represent this fantasy world led to some occasional difficulty suspending disbelief, but I nevertheless thought it was quite cool to have actually stood in the same locations as the characters in the show.

I will write much more about my visit to the magnificent city of Dubrovnik in my travelogue, but for now I thought I would just share some of my photos that match up with locations from the television series (based on my foggy memory from seeing Season 2 nearly a year ago).  Very minor spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched the second season . . .

A CGI-enhanced version of this city line stands in for King’s Landing in the show.
The island in the background was used for some of the scenes with Daenerys in Qarth.

Streets of Dubrovnik, err, I mean King’s Landing.

This area was used for some external King’s Landing scenes.

The tower to the right was used to depict the
outside of the House of the Undying in Qarth.
Daenerys walked along this area before entering.

You can see why Dubrovnik makes such a perfect shooting location for a fantasy show.

Many scenes were filmed along these walls that surround the entire city.

This angle is similar to one used in the show, with
a CGI-enhanced version of the fort in the background.
The fort itself was heavily used for King’s Landing exterior scenes.

These hobbit-like doors built into the hill underneath the fort were featured during
the montage in which Joffrey had all of King Robert’s bastard sons murdered.

The interior of the fort was used for several scenes in and around the castle.

Another interior fort shot. Cersei and Littlefinger had a conversation in this hall.

This fort courtyard was frequently used.

This upper level of the fort was one of the main exterior filming locations for King’s Landing.

The fact that the background is all water and sky probably made the fort the easiest
location to use in terms of not needing to hide a bunch of stuff or crop it out with CGI.

A closer look at the island that stood in for Qarth (i.e., the Daenerys scenes).

The area among the trees down by the water was also used for a few King’s Landing scenes.

I’m sure there were several other areas used for filming that I’m not recalling at the moment, but I don’t feel like re-watching the entire season right now to find them :-), so I’ll just leave you with one final long-exposure night shot that feels a bit like a fantasy photo with the smoothness of the water:

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6 comments on “Dubrovnik: A Tour of King’s Landing (and other locations)
  1. Stephanie says:

    I learnt that as well and wrote about it in my blog when I visited Croatia this past September. Love Game of Thrones so I thought it was rather cool to discover the “real life” King’s Landing. Gorgeous place eh? Nice blog 🙂

  2. Kate says:

    What is the name of the tower they used for the house of the undying? I’m visiting Dubrovnik this summer, can’t wait!

  3. Michael Rappa says:

    I’m not sure about the name, but if you look at the top photo, it’s the big tower visible in the lower right corner of the wall that surrounds the city. If you walk the entire wall, you can’t miss it. Have a great time!

  4. I LOVE Game of Thrones! Beautiful photos!

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