Game of Thrones filming location Island of Lokrum

The Game of Thrones production team used the island of Lokrum as a stand-in for the city of Qarth near the Jade Sea, which is visited by Daenerys Targaryen in season two. Some of the garden scenes were filmed in the botanical gardens on Lokrum and in the Former Benedictine monastery.

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Island of Lokrum


Lokrum island covers 72 hectares and is located on the eastern Croatian coast, near the city of Dubrovnik. About 15 minutes is needed to get there by taxi-boat which runs from the old city harbour.

At the island's highest point at 96 metres (315 feet) above sea level stands Fort Royal Castle, which was built by the French in 1806. The climb to the fort is quite steep, but once there the views of Dubrovnik and the coastline are quite spectacular.

Lokrum's special attraction, a small lake called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea), is a unique lake linked with the sea. Crystal clear and calm, it is suitable for bathing and is a favourite resort for many visitors. Nearby there is a former Benedictine monastery which was founded in 1023. It was written in history that monks used their site on the island to warn residents of Dubrovnik when attackers were approaching from the sea. The monastery was abandoned in 1798. The Austrian archduke Maximillian Ferdinand built a luxurious residence on the island in 1859, on the ruins of the old Benedictine monastery.

Today Lokrum is a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve and is inhabited by families of peacocks that were introduced to the island in the 19th century by the Austrian archduke Maximilian.

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Iron Throne

Game of Thrones visitor center on Lokrum.

Iron throne on Lokrum visitor center

In the former Benedictine monastery on Lokrum is located visitors center that contains an exhibition dedicated to the filming of Game of Thrones in Croatia. The exhibit includes videos of actors and crew talking about their own experiences filming in Dubrovnik and other fun facts about the series. There is an interesting interactive map showing all the filming locations in Croatia, and the central part of the exhibition occupies a replica of the Iron Throne from the series on which visitors can sit to take pictures. Admission to the center and photo on the Iron Throne is free of charge.

Benedictine monastery

Used as a garden party scene in Qarth.

Used as a garden party scene in Qarth

Filming locations for Qarth garden scenes when Daenerys and her entourage attended a garden party hosted by Xaro Xhoan Daxos are filmed in the Lokrum island botanical gardens and the former Benedictine monastery. At a garden party Daenerys witnesses the tricks of warlock Pyat Pree, who invites her to visit his order at the House of the Undying.

The island is inhabited by many of wild peacocks, which were inspiration for the directors of Game of Thrones to include them as decorations of Qarth (golden peacock sculptures).

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