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Game of Thrones filming locations – Malta

 

The popular TV series, Game of Thrones (GoT), chronicles each Kingdom’s battle for the famed Iron Throne. Currently in its 7th season, this show has been filmed in some of the most picturesque locations in North Africa and Europe, one of which was Malta.  We recently spent 4 days in this tiny Mediterranean island and as fans of the show, decided to visit some of the notable Season 1 GoT locations.

We will be posting articles on our full itinerary soon, so stay tuned 🙂

Azure Window, Gozo

Malta’s iconic Azure Window rock arch was the setting for Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo’s wedding in Season 1. Unfortunately, earlier this year the Azure Window collapsed due to a heavy storm. Since we spent the whole day in the Malta’s sister island of Gozo, we thought we would check it out.  Although, cliff diving is no longer popular, it’s still a good spot for snorkelling or just watching the sunset.

Azure Window

Screengrab: HBO. Daenrys & Kahl’s wedding filmed at the Azure window.

Mdina, Malta

The historical capital of Malta, which dates back to over 4000 years, was used as the setting for King’s Landing (Capital of Westeros) in Season 1. With a labyrinth of windy, narrow streets and the old limestone buildings, its no wonder many notable scenes were filmed in this picturesque place.  A 15 min drive from Valletta, the Capital city of Malta, this UNESCO World Heritage city is a popular destination.

Entrance to Mdina

The entrance to Mdina doubled as the entrance to King’s Landing.  In S01E03, Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik can be seen riding to investigate the attack on Brandon Stark.  In a later episode, Ned Stark can be seen bidding farewell to Catelyn.

Modern day King’s Landing

Screengrab: HBO. Entrance to King’s landing.

Screengrab: HBO. Entrance to King’s landing.

Mesquita Square, Mdina

Mesquita Square is a quiet little piazza, where the confrontation between Ned Stark & Jamie Lannister was filmed. If you look closely, you will see the the green, trellised balcony that was the setting for Little Finger’s (Lord Baelish) brothel.

Mesquita Square

Screengrab: HBO. The place where Ned felt the pointy end of Jamie’s sword.

San Anton Palace, Malta

Another 10 minute drive from Mdina, San Anton Palace is the residence of the Maltese president and was used as the setting for the Red Keep.  We used the entrance opposite the “The President’s Kitchen Garden” cafe.  As soon as we entered, we immediately recognised the corridor where Arya chased cats before ending up in the Red Keep’s underground chambers.  Although not all areas are accessible, we were able to explore the corridor, the courtyard and the gardens.

The infamous balcony where Joffrey shows Sansa Ned’s head on a spike

Courtyard where the Red Keep stables were filmed

Corridor where Arya chased cats

Screengrab: HBO. The corridor where Arya chased cats.

St Dominic’s Priory

In this garden, Ned confronted Cersei about her relationship with Jamie and threatened to go public with it.

Corridor at St Dominic’s Priory

St Dominic’s Priory Garden, used as the Red Keep garden where Ned confronted Cercei about her incestuous relationship

Screengrab: HBO. Ned confronting Cercei about her incestuous relationship with Jamie.

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