I guess everybody know the Game of Thrones, the famous television series inspired by the series of fantasy novels “A Song of Ice and Fire” distributed by HBO. In the first season they chose to shoot scenes of the city of King’s Landing. Due to some mishaps related to damage to a protected area by a partner of the production, they had to change set for the shoot, choosing as reference the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, the ancient Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic endangered by the Yugoslav war but restored to its former glory over the last 15 years thanks to the support of UNESCO which has included it in the World Heritage List.
With a base such as the Old Town of Dubrovnik no special measures were necessary for scenery or special effects to play the fortified port city of King’s Landing, a stronghold of the Lannister family. Filming grandly exploiting the large outer walls which seem certainly more real than true fortifications built over time by human hands as well as the narrow streets of the old town where several scenes happen during the episodes.
Particularly the protagonist is also in the city during the siege that concludes the second series in which the Lannisters are called to defend with tooth and nail King’s Landing is a siege that comes from the sea with huge ships that make their way to the port and then landing troops to take the city by land-fortress, clashing in a fierce battle with the handle citizend led by Tyrion Lannister.
For those who have seen the series and are passionate, a visit to Dubrovnik will turn into a beautiful déjà vu, for the way in which it was well integrated in the setting of the series in the set that the city has hosted. In addition to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, also overlooking the charming island of Lokrum, part of the city has been chosen for some shots. The age old Benedictine monastery was in fact the set of some of the scenes that took place in the city of Qarth.