the real filming locations of “The House of the Dragon”


Send the crows — game of thrones is back.

Dragons returns to HBO next month as the series’ highly anticipated prequel, Dragon House, hits the screens. While fans will certainly recognize the typical haunts of the Seven Kingdoms, a slew of new filming locations are expected to give Westeros a fresh face.

The epic fantasy show used an impressive array of locations, including Malta, Iceland, Croatia and Northern Ireland, where most of the filming took place. For Dragon Househowever, HBO decamped to Warner Bros. Leavesden studios in England, with several exterior scenes shot in Cornwall and Surrey, and mainland European destinations such as Spain and Portugal.

Get ready for the upcoming release on August 22 with a look at some of the real castles, courtyards and coasts that appear on the show.

Cornwall, England

HBO began filming in Cornwall in April 2021, using an island castle called St Michael’s Mount, as well as Holywell Bay and Kynance Cove.

Social media was flooded overnight with fan posts of elaborate movie sets that had sprung up along the Wild Coast, as the cast and crew acclimated to the wildest expanse of the south. -west.

The area is famous for its breathtaking scenery, surf and mouth-watering Cornish pie, and with temperatures regularly soaring above 30°C in August, there’s never been a better time to visit.

Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is one of the most recognizable locations, due to its distinctive rock formations and white sandy beach. The National Trust-owned cove is dotted with craggy islands off an incredibly blue sea.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon.  Picture: HBO

Drive 30 kilometers along the coast and you’ll come to one of Cornwall’s most famous sites. St Michael’s Mount stands in the middle of Mount’s Bay, a rocky island with a 12th-century abbey perched majestically on its cliff.

During filming, eagle-eyed locals pointed out a set of arches displaying the House Velaryon sigil of a seahorse. The house, of Valyrian origin, is headquartered on the fictional Driftmark, an island in Blackwater Bay west of Dragonstone.

Further north, the cast visited the dramatic hills of the Peak District in May 2021, a national park famous for its moors, valleys and lakes, while a tournament scene was reportedly filmed in Surrey.

Monsanto, Portugal

Scenes from the

Thanks to a Portuguese cast, European fans discovered scenes of Dragon House were filmed at Monsanto Castle, a medieval fortress with arched gates and fortified courtyards.

One of the most picturesque places in Portugal, Monsanto is known for its huge granite boulders skillfully integrated into the architecture of the village. In this stunningly beautiful piece of land, you will find charming cobbled streets, 18th century houses and Romanesque chapels scattered across the rocky landscape.

The formidable stone fortress is the perfect backdrop for the fire-breathing beasts, and the desolation of the ruins only adds to their mythical beauty. There’s very little to see inside the crumbling walls, but cast your gaze outside and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of Spain to the east and the Barragem de Idanha dam to the southwest. .

Caceres and Trujillo, Spain

The filming of 'House of the Dragon' took place in the main square of Trujillo in October last year.  Getty

Just a two-hour drive from Monsanto is the Spanish town of Caceres, with its narrow cobbled streets and ancient stone walls dominated by smiling gargoyles crouching among 16th-century turrets and spiers.

Although this is not strictly his first appearance in game of thronesCaceres will play a much bigger role in Dragon House, according to local media reports.

The UNESCO-listed city was used sporadically as the backdrop for King’s Landing in season seven, when the usual setting of Dubrovnik, Croatia didn’t fit. Today, the Ciudad Monumental, or Monumental City, is in the spotlight with several photos of sets and props popping up on social media, including a photo of a fountain decorated with lion statues.

Drive two hours east of Caceres and you’ll come to another beautiful medieval town. Trujillo has some of the most fascinating Roman ruins in Spain and with ancient castles studded along the hills, it’s easy to imagine dragons swooping between the ramparts.

film for Dragon House kicked off here in October last year, centered around the main plaza, though fans may also recognize Trujillo Castle as Casterly Rock, the ancestral stronghold of House Lannister.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Jesuit Staircase in Dubrovnik's historic city center was the scene of Cersei Lannister's Walk of Shame in season five of

Considering the number of Croatian destinations featured in the original series, it’s no surprise that the new cast returned here for filming in 2021.

Previously, the Croatian cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik helped create the unique look of some of history’s key locations, attracting hordes of tourists to the site of the Iron Throne.

Of all the scenes in Westeros, Dubrovnik is perhaps the most widely recognized as the site of King’s Landing, with the Jesuit Staircase setting the stage for one of Season 5’s most memorable moments, the “walk of the Shame” by Cersei Lannister.

The Pile Gate, which is the grand entrance to the Old City, was also used in season two when King Joffrey was attacked by angry mobs, much to the delight of fans. While the exact locations featured in the new show are unclear, fans won’t have long to wait to find out, with only a handful of “long nights” until the premiere.

Updated: August 04, 2022, 04:11


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