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Post-Game of Thrones Finale, Check Out the Show's Real-World Filming Locations

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As the Game of Thrones universe continues to expand episode after episode, and character arcs crash together—as they did in last night's climactic (and controversial!) fifth-season finale—it becomes clear where much of the show's blockbuster budget is going: travel. While the animated map in the show's opening credits is impressive, the real journey is the one that's been undertaken by the cast and crew, who have traveled across Europe, from Iceland to Morocco, to shoot across a vast range of terrains and places with names just as fantastical as those imagined by George R.R. Martin. With a hat tip to Lawrence of Morocco, who compiled a list of filming sites, we present the real-world equivalent to the map of Westeros: from the Water Gardens (a Moorish castle in Seville) to Jon Snow and Ygritte's Love Cave (a thermal spring in Iceland), here's a chance to explore the show's varied landscapes.


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1. Astapor

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Avenue Hadj Mohamed Bahnini
Essaouira, Morocco

A coastal city that's been inhabited since prehistoric times due to its natural harbor, Essaouria is known as "the wall" in Arabic due to the natural fortress that encloses the original town center. Not only was it an ideal site for producers to replicate the Slaver's Bay city of Astapor, but it's also a longtime cultural center and was a hippie hangout in the '60s that attracted Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens.

2. Pentos

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A trading crossroads in Morocco, Ouarzazate, nicknamed the door to the desert, didn't find its first moment in the spotlight via Game of Thrones. Home to Atlas Studios, the city's rugged terrain and casbahs have formed the backdrops for numerous films, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator.

3. Yunkai and Pentos

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fortified clay city was used as a set for many scenes featuring Daenerys Targaryen.

4. Winterfell

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Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune
Perthshire FK16 6EA, UK

Bran Stark may get chills thinking of this location, a 14th-century castle built for Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany. Film fans may have seen this spot before: it played the role of Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

5. Dothraki Sea

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Glens of Antrim Medical Centre, 2 Gortaclee Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
Moyle BT44 0TE, UK

A series of nine valleys in Northern Ireland, the Glens are a major tourist attraction due to their natural beauty and made for a fitting backdrop for the nomadic Dothraki.

6. Castle Black and Hardhome

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The rough terrain of this abandoned limestone quarry made an ideal setting for scenes set in the inhospitable north of Westeros, including the Wall and Hardhome. Maybe when things cool off, the Night's Watch could take a page form the books of the quarries current owners, who have plans to turn it into a cycling and scuba center.

7. Shooting of the Direwolf

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B90, Carrickfergus
Larne BT38 9HF, UK

This private home in Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, Redhall Estates, used for scenes early in the first season, can be rented out for weddings. On second thought, a Game of Thrones wedding is probably a pretty bad idea.

8. Tournament Scene

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Shanes House, Mullagh Bridge
Co. Cavan, Ireland

Located on the edge of Lough Neagh, this 14th-century castle was the site of the jousting scene where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse.

9. Burning of the Seven

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Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Mussenden Rd, Castlerock, Coleraine
County Londonderry BT51 4RP, UK

Based on the Temple of Vesta in Italy, this circular structure looking over the Atlantic was used as a stand-in for Dragonstone, where Melisandre burned the old gods. Perhaps a beach BBQ would be more fitting in real life.

10. Winterfell

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Castle Ward, Downpatrick Road, Strangford, Downpatrick
Down BT30 7LS, UK

One of many buildings that have played the role of Winterfell in the series, Castle Ward has its own interesting backstory. The two-faced design, split between classical and Gothic styles, was the results of a couple, Lord Bangor and Lady Ann Bligh, compromising on the look of their home.

11. Forests in the North

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Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan, Newcastle
Down BT31 9BU, UK

This renowned state park, celebrated for its natural beauty and numerous stone bridges and structures, has been named one of the best picnic sites in the region.

12. Lordsport

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Harbour Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle
Moyle BT54 6NA, UK

This tiny village on Northern Ireland's northern coast served as a port town in the Isle of Pyke, in the Iron Isles.

13. The Stormlands

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18 Lagavara Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle
Moyle BT54 6NF, UK

This chalk quarry was the site of Renly's war camp.

14. Iron Island

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Murlough, Bayside Walk
Dublin 13, Ireland

These roughhewn, scenic cliffs were used for scenes replicating the Iron Isles.

15. The Stormlands and Road to King's Landing

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Cave Road, Cushendun, Ballymena
Moyle BT44 0PN, UK

Two sites at the northern tip of the Irish isle make for dramatic backdrops. The creepy woodlands of the Dark Hedges represent the pathway to King's Landing (foreshadowing), while the Cushendun Caves served as the site where Melisandre had her baby.

16. Daenerys and Drogo's Wedding

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Azure Window
San Lawarenz, Malta

This limestone arch on the island of Gozo in Malta formed the backdrop for a pivotal (non-lethal) wedding. More than 300 feet talk, it's slowly eroding and may one day be the Azure Pinnacle.

17. King's Landing Gate

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Siggiewi, Malta

Known as "the Silent City," the ancient walled fortress-city of Mdina has been inhabited for millennia. Supposedly St. Paul the Apostle lived here in 60 AD after being shipwrecked off the coast.

18. Illyrio Mopatis House

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Verdala Palace
Rabat, Malta

A throwback to early episodes, this villa stood in as the home of Illyrio Mopatis.

19. The Red Keep Dungeon

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Nativity of the Virgin Mary Chapel, Fort St Angelo
Birgu, Malta

The dungeons at this fortress in the Birgu harbor, once the home of the Knights of Malta, played the part of those in the Red Keep.

20. Red Keep Gate

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Fort Ricasoli, named after the Florentine knight who financed its construction, snakes across a peninsula and guards the harbor of Kalkara.

21. Sowbelly Row

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Cavalier of Fort St. Elmo
Valletta, Malta

One of many locations in Malta used to film scenes set in King's Landing, Fort Saint Elmo is known for withstanding a massive siege from Turkish invaders in the 16th century.

22. Great Sept of Baelor

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Unnamed Road
Gzira, Malta

Known as a "star fort," Fort Manoel was built with outstretched arms that housed artillery such as cannons.

23. The Red Keep

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San Anton Gardens, Triq Birbal
Ħ'Attard, Malta

Built within a series of formal gardens, San Anton Palace is the residence of the President of Malta. Some of the trees within the gardens are more than 300 years old.

24. Landscapes of the West

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Krka National Park
Lozovac, Croatia

One of Croatia's largest national parks, this protected wilderness is named after the Krka River.

25. Braavos

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Stube Petra Kaera 2, 22000
Šibenik, Croatia

Contrary to its portrayal of Braavos on GoT, there aren't any mysterious assassins lurking around the historic village of Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast.

26. King's Landing Gardens and House of the Undying

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Renaissance Bell Tower, 51516
Vrbnik, Croatia

The highest point of Dubrovnik's defensive wall, this tower topped with a Gothic crown has done double duty as a site for multiple scenes in the series.

27. Meereen

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Ulica kneza Trpimira, 21231
Klis, Croatia

Klis Fortress, a stand-in for Meereen, is located at an important crossroads in Dalmatia and has been the site of numerous battles throughout the centuries.

28. North of the Wall

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This large lake was created via volcanic eruptions 2,300 years ago, and is near a handful of still-active volcanoes.

29. WIldling Camp

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These unique structures, natural rock formations that look like ancient castles, were created by lava flows and are a huge tourist attraction in Iceland.

30. Frostfangs Mountain

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Höfðabrekka
Húsavík, Iceland

This steep landscape in the north of Iceland recreated the harsh landscape north of the wall.

31. Jon and Ygritte's Love Nest

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It's not exactly the grotto at the Playboy Mansion, but these thermal springs, once the home of a famous outlaw, were the filmmakers choice for a place that Jon Snow won't soon forget.

32. North of the Wall

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The largest ice cap in Iceland, this massive frozen mass covers eight percent of the country.

33. North of the Wall

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The expansive Icelandic National Park, carved by glaciers, includes a massive waterfall framed by black basalt columns.

34. Water Gardens

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Plaza del Patio de Banderas, 41004 Sevilla
Sevilla, Spain

The real-life Palace of Dorne, Real Alcázar is a Moorish castle that has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and still functions as a royal palace to this day.

35. Danzak's Pit

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Plaza De Toros, Calle Lantejuela, 4, 41640 Osuna
Sevilla, Spain

This sandstone bull-fighting ring is over a century old.

36. Long Bridge of Volantis

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Roman Bridge, 14003
Córdoba, Spain

Initially built in the 1st century BC, this span over the Guadalquivir River features Moorish arches.

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1. Astapor

Avenue Hadj Mohamed Bahnini, Essaouira, Morocco

A coastal city that's been inhabited since prehistoric times due to its natural harbor, Essaouria is known as "the wall" in Arabic due to the natural fortress that encloses the original town center. Not only was it an ideal site for producers to replicate the Slaver's Bay city of Astapor, but it's also a longtime cultural center and was a hippie hangout in the '60s that attracted Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens.

Avenue Hadj Mohamed Bahnini
Essaouira, Morocco

2. Pentos

Asif Tidili, Morocco

A trading crossroads in Morocco, Ouarzazate, nicknamed the door to the desert, didn't find its first moment in the spotlight via Game of Thrones. Home to Atlas Studios, the city's rugged terrain and casbahs have formed the backdrops for numerous films, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator.

3. Yunkai and Pentos

Asif Ounila, Morocco

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fortified clay city was used as a set for many scenes featuring Daenerys Targaryen.

4. Winterfell

Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune, Perthshire FK16 6EA, UK

Bran Stark may get chills thinking of this location, a 14th-century castle built for Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany. Film fans may have seen this spot before: it played the role of Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune
Perthshire FK16 6EA, UK

5. Dothraki Sea

Glens of Antrim Medical Centre, 2 Gortaclee Road, Cushendall, Ballymena, Moyle BT44 0TE, UK

A series of nine valleys in Northern Ireland, the Glens are a major tourist attraction due to their natural beauty and made for a fitting backdrop for the nomadic Dothraki.

Glens of Antrim Medical Centre, 2 Gortaclee Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
Moyle BT44 0TE, UK

6. Castle Black and Hardhome

54°N 5°W

The rough terrain of this abandoned limestone quarry made an ideal setting for scenes set in the inhospitable north of Westeros, including the Wall and Hardhome. Maybe when things cool off, the Night's Watch could take a page form the books of the quarries current owners, who have plans to turn it into a cycling and scuba center.

7. Shooting of the Direwolf

B90, Carrickfergus, Larne BT38 9HF, UK

This private home in Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, Redhall Estates, used for scenes early in the first season, can be rented out for weddings. On second thought, a Game of Thrones wedding is probably a pretty bad idea.

B90, Carrickfergus
Larne BT38 9HF, UK

8. Tournament Scene

Shanes House, Mullagh Bridge, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Located on the edge of Lough Neagh, this 14th-century castle was the site of the jousting scene where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse.

Shanes House, Mullagh Bridge
Co. Cavan, Ireland

9. Burning of the Seven

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Mussenden Rd, Castlerock, Coleraine, County Londonderry BT51 4RP, UK

Based on the Temple of Vesta in Italy, this circular structure looking over the Atlantic was used as a stand-in for Dragonstone, where Melisandre burned the old gods. Perhaps a beach BBQ would be more fitting in real life.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Mussenden Rd, Castlerock, Coleraine
County Londonderry BT51 4RP, UK

10. Winterfell

Castle Ward, Downpatrick Road, Strangford, Downpatrick, Down BT30 7LS, UK

One of many buildings that have played the role of Winterfell in the series, Castle Ward has its own interesting backstory. The two-faced design, split between classical and Gothic styles, was the results of a couple, Lord Bangor and Lady Ann Bligh, compromising on the look of their home.

Castle Ward, Downpatrick Road, Strangford, Downpatrick
Down BT30 7LS, UK

11. Forests in the North

Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan, Newcastle, Down BT31 9BU, UK

This renowned state park, celebrated for its natural beauty and numerous stone bridges and structures, has been named one of the best picnic sites in the region.

Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan, Newcastle
Down BT31 9BU, UK

12. Lordsport

Harbour Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle, Moyle BT54 6NA, UK

This tiny village on Northern Ireland's northern coast served as a port town in the Isle of Pyke, in the Iron Isles.

Harbour Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle
Moyle BT54 6NA, UK

13. The Stormlands

18 Lagavara Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle, Moyle BT54 6NF, UK

This chalk quarry was the site of Renly's war camp.

18 Lagavara Road, Ballintoy, Ballycastle
Moyle BT54 6NF, UK

14. Iron Island

Murlough, Bayside Walk, Dublin 13, Ireland

These roughhewn, scenic cliffs were used for scenes replicating the Iron Isles.

Murlough, Bayside Walk
Dublin 13, Ireland

15. The Stormlands and Road to King's Landing

Cave Road, Cushendun, Ballymena, Moyle BT44 0PN, UK

Two sites at the northern tip of the Irish isle make for dramatic backdrops. The creepy woodlands of the Dark Hedges represent the pathway to King's Landing (foreshadowing), while the Cushendun Caves served as the site where Melisandre had her baby.

Cave Road, Cushendun, Ballymena
Moyle BT44 0PN, UK

16. Daenerys and Drogo's Wedding

Azure Window, San Lawarenz, Malta

This limestone arch on the island of Gozo in Malta formed the backdrop for a pivotal (non-lethal) wedding. More than 300 feet talk, it's slowly eroding and may one day be the Azure Pinnacle.

Azure Window
San Lawarenz, Malta

17. King's Landing Gate

Gate, Siggiewi, Malta

Known as "the Silent City," the ancient walled fortress-city of Mdina has been inhabited for millennia. Supposedly St. Paul the Apostle lived here in 60 AD after being shipwrecked off the coast.

Gate
Siggiewi, Malta

18. Illyrio Mopatis House

Verdala Palace, Rabat, Malta

A throwback to early episodes, this villa stood in as the home of Illyrio Mopatis.

Verdala Palace
Rabat, Malta

19. The Red Keep Dungeon

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Chapel, Fort St Angelo, Birgu, Malta

The dungeons at this fortress in the Birgu harbor, once the home of the Knights of Malta, played the part of those in the Red Keep.

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Chapel, Fort St Angelo
Birgu, Malta

20. Red Keep Gate

The Grand Harbour, Malta

Fort Ricasoli, named after the Florentine knight who financed its construction, snakes across a peninsula and guards the harbor of Kalkara.

21. Sowbelly Row

Cavalier of Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, Malta

One of many locations in Malta used to film scenes set in King's Landing, Fort Saint Elmo is known for withstanding a massive siege from Turkish invaders in the 16th century.

Cavalier of Fort St. Elmo
Valletta, Malta

22. Great Sept of Baelor

Unnamed Road, Gzira, Malta

Known as a "star fort," Fort Manoel was built with outstretched arms that housed artillery such as cannons.

Unnamed Road
Gzira, Malta

23. The Red Keep

San Anton Gardens, Triq Birbal, Ħ'Attard, Malta

Built within a series of formal gardens, San Anton Palace is the residence of the President of Malta. Some of the trees within the gardens are more than 300 years old.

San Anton Gardens, Triq Birbal
Ħ'Attard, Malta

24. Landscapes of the West

Krka National Park, Lozovac, Croatia

One of Croatia's largest national parks, this protected wilderness is named after the Krka River.

Krka National Park
Lozovac, Croatia

25. Braavos

Stube Petra Kaera 2, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia

Contrary to its portrayal of Braavos on GoT, there aren't any mysterious assassins lurking around the historic village of Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast.

Stube Petra Kaera 2, 22000
Šibenik, Croatia

26. King's Landing Gardens and House of the Undying

Renaissance Bell Tower, 51516, Vrbnik, Croatia

The highest point of Dubrovnik's defensive wall, this tower topped with a Gothic crown has done double duty as a site for multiple scenes in the series.

Renaissance Bell Tower, 51516
Vrbnik, Croatia

27. Meereen

Ulica kneza Trpimira, 21231, Klis, Croatia

Klis Fortress, a stand-in for Meereen, is located at an important crossroads in Dalmatia and has been the site of numerous battles throughout the centuries.

Ulica kneza Trpimira, 21231
Klis, Croatia

28. North of the Wall

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

This large lake was created via volcanic eruptions 2,300 years ago, and is near a handful of still-active volcanoes.

29. WIldling Camp

Dimmuborgir, Iceland

These unique structures, natural rock formations that look like ancient castles, were created by lava flows and are a huge tourist attraction in Iceland.

30. Frostfangs Mountain

Höfðabrekka, Húsavík, Iceland

This steep landscape in the north of Iceland recreated the harsh landscape north of the wall.

Höfðabrekka
Húsavík, Iceland

31. Jon and Ygritte's Love Nest

Grjotagja, Iceland

It's not exactly the grotto at the Playboy Mansion, but these thermal springs, once the home of a famous outlaw, were the filmmakers choice for a place that Jon Snow won't soon forget.

32. North of the Wall

Vatnajokull, Iceland

The largest ice cap in Iceland, this massive frozen mass covers eight percent of the country.

33. North of the Wall

Svínafellsjökull, Iceland

The expansive Icelandic National Park, carved by glaciers, includes a massive waterfall framed by black basalt columns.

34. Water Gardens

Plaza del Patio de Banderas, 41004 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

The real-life Palace of Dorne, Real Alcázar is a Moorish castle that has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and still functions as a royal palace to this day.

Plaza del Patio de Banderas, 41004 Sevilla
Sevilla, Spain

35. Danzak's Pit

Plaza De Toros, Calle Lantejuela, 4, 41640 Osuna, Sevilla, Spain

This sandstone bull-fighting ring is over a century old.

Plaza De Toros, Calle Lantejuela, 4, 41640 Osuna
Sevilla, Spain

36. Long Bridge of Volantis

Roman Bridge, 14003, Córdoba, Spain

Initially built in the 1st century BC, this span over the Guadalquivir River features Moorish arches.

Roman Bridge, 14003
Córdoba, Spain