5 UNESCO World Heritage sites that you may recognize from ‘Game of Thrones’!

Game of Thrones was filmed in ten different countries throughout the series’s eight seasons. It is no secret the show has been shot in some insane places, and you will likely want to add these UNESCO World Heritage sites to your travel bucket list!

The Alcázar of Seville – Spain

You may recognize it as the home of House Martell for the Alcázar of Seville was used to recreate the Water Gardens of Dorne in seasons five and six of GOT. The series utilized four different parts of the palace for filming which include the Ambassadors’ Hall, Mercury’s Pool, the Baths of Maria de Padilla, and the gardens.

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Ait-Ben-Haddou – Morocco

Ait Benhaddou was featured in the third season of GOT serving as the fictional cities of “Yunkai” and “Pentos”. Many scenes featuring Daenerys Targaryen were filmed here, including the scene where she frees the city of Yunkai.

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Old City of Dubrovnik – Croatia

Dubrovnik was the main filming location in Croatia for King’s Landing. Many of the most easily recognizable sites can be found in the Old City Dubrovnik for it served as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, the largest city in Westeros. Pile Gate, the main entrance to Old Town, was used as the harbor of Kings Landing and the ancient city wall overlooks the Adriatic sea (Blackwater Bay).

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The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik – Croatia

In the fifth season of GOT Šibnek was used to depict Braavos, the city of the Iron Bank. The Cathedral of St. James served as the House of Black and White which became Arya’s new home for the season. It is here that the Faceless Men, Iron Bank and Moonsingers can be found.

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Thingvellir National Park – Iceland

Not only is Thingvellir National Park the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland, but a prominent filming location for GOT season 4. Here you can find The Almannagjá gorge which portrays the fictional road to the Eyrie traveled by Arya Stark and “The Hound.” Additionally, the canyon near Oxararfoss waterfall was also used as the location of the Bloody Gate.

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Olivia Weinsten is a student at Tulane University. She is currently an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.