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If you live in this planet, you probably have already heard about Game of Thrones! The HBO original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series is one of the most acclaimed TV shows all around the world.

The series has been nominated for many awards including 4 Golden Globes, 7 Writers Guild of America awards, 18 Saturn Awards, and a Peabody Award. It has received 86 Emmy Award nominations, including five consecutive Outstanding Drama Series nominations, with 26 wins. Game of Thrones received many nominations, with awards recognizing various aspects of the series such as directing, writing, cast, visual effects, or overall quality.

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Greece are some of the countries used as locations for some seasons of the tv show. But for the most recent ones (5th and the brand new 6th seasons) Spain was chosen to host the production of this amazing adventure and convert some historical places of the country on the movie set for the known world.

To start following the steps of this adventure, a visit to El Alcázar de Sevilla, is a good point. The location was used for the scenes on the Water Gardens, Dorne.

Nowhere in the world could have represented the Water Gardens of the Kingdom of Dorne as the wonderful Alcázar de Sevilla. This palace is converted through the magic of television in the palatial private residence of Martell, the Dornishmen rulers in the capital of his domains, Sunspear. And when you consider the heat that hits the Andalusian capital, name comes the trick. To Game of Thrones, scenes have been shot in lush gardens, among fountains and also inside rooms that are breath-taking world heritage.

Doran Martell and the arena snakes can be seen on the series at the same space where, for five centuries ago, walked the catholic monarchs and, long before them, the caliphs who built it! The baths of Doña Maria de Padilla, La Gruta de las Sultanas, El Laberinto, the fountains… all is shown on the small screen, so open your eyes and don’t miss anything!

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The fictitious map

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Where it’s really located

Still in Andalusia, the city of Osuna hosts another location of the series: the Plaza de Toros de Osuna, which is the fictional Meereen arena.

The bullring (plaza de toros) in Osuna is one of the stars of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. One of the emblems of the Sevillian town becomes the Meereen arena for the crowded scene ever recorded in this series (and the most expensive in the history of television), with the presence of Daenerys and Tyrion, in addition to so many extras…

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Besides the bullring, a must-stop place for Game of Thrones fans in Osuna is Casa Curro, the first restaurant in town that offers a thematic menu dedicated to the series with breakfast as the Stark or Targaryen.

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The fictitious map

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Where it’s really located

The next spot is the Puente Romano de Córdoba, or if you prefer, the Long bridge of Volantis!

The magnificent roman bridge in Córdoba becomes by the grace of Game of Thrones in Volantis long bridge, which crosses the Rhoyne River (or – in real life – Guadalquivir river).

The images were shot at this Córdoba monument with several cameras and a drone! Some special effects make it look even longer.

Córdoba roman bridge was built by the imperial troops in the first century BC to replace a wooden one that was in place. After the Islamic reconstruction, it has 16 arches, one less than it originally had, a length of 247m and a width of 9m. Spectacular as few!

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The fictitious map

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Where it’s really located

Series sixth season, that started last Sunday, April 24th, comes with Spanish locations taking a prominent role, with Bardenas Reales in Navarre, Almeria, Girona and Peñíscola all gearing up for debut appearances.

Check our next post for more details on those new locations!

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