The outer walls of Dubrovnik look as if they were built for this TV show. It’s clear that CGI (computer-generated imagery) were used to transform these real locations into the world of Game of Thrones, but even so it’s still very recognisable as Dubrovnik. In most cases when people are walking around the city, they may not perceive that the wall beside them was that which appeared as part of King's Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
Dubrovnik's city walls are a series of defensive stone walls that stretch completely around the old town, a distance totaling 1,940 metres (6,360 ft) in length and reach a maximum height of about 25 metres (82 ft). The main wall on the side facing the sea is 1.5 to 3 meters (5-10 feet) thick, but on the land side is 4 to 6 meters (13-20 feet) thick, because is protected by an additional scarp wall as a defence against artillery fire.
The whole city was enclosed with walls in the 13th century, but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century. To increase the strength and defensive position, the walls were reinforced by three circular and 14 quadrangular towers, five bastions (bulwarks), two angular fortifications and the large St. John's Fortress. Land Walls were additionally reinforced by one larger bastion and nine smaller semicircular.
With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, the walls of Dubrovnik have been considered to be amongst the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period.
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Part of the King's Landing walls.
The Bokar Fortress was built 1461 by Italian architect Michelozzo di Bartololmeo to defend Pile Gate, the western entrance to the city of Dubrovnik. The fort you see today was finally completed in 1570 and is the oldest casemented fortress (fortified structure from where guns are fired) in Europe. Fort Bokar featured in season two of Game of Thrones and is perhaps best seen when Tyrion and Lord Varys planned the defense of King's Landing while looking out to sea. In the same spot in the season seven Cersei tells Jaime that she is planning to establish an alliance with Euron Grayjoy. In eighth season at the crucial moment of the fifth episode "The Bells" Daenerys sit on Drogon atop on the Bokar Fortress when she decides to burn the city to the ground, no matter what the bell ringing as a sign of surrender.
Used as the King's Landing walls.
Seaside walls can be seen in many scenes of Game of Thrones. Who can forget the iconic battle of Blackwater Bay in season two, where the green wild fire ripped apart the attacking fleet of Stannis Baratheon. When Tyrion and Lord Varys planned the defense of King's Landing on the Bokar Fortress, we see the City Walls and the computer-generated Red Keep in the background, as well as in season six, when Jaime Lannister on his way back from Dorne sails towards King’s Landing with the dead body of Myrcella. In seventh and eighth season when the Iron Fleet sail in to Blackwater Bay we also see walls from the sea side and the Red Keep on them.
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Used as a practice yard and Red Keep walls.
The west wall near the Pile Gate is used as a practice yard in season four, when Cersei visits the Mountain while he is killing prisoners to ask him to be her champion on trial by combat of Tyrion. In season five, Lancel leads a squad of the Faith Militant to apprehend Loras Tyrell while he is practicing swordplay in the practice yard. When Cersei talks with Tommen who is asking her about going back to Casterly Rock, the west wall doubles as the walls of Red Keep.
The House of the Undying in the town of Qarth.
The base of Minčeta Tower was used as the exterior of House of Undying in the town of Qarth. Daenerys Targaryen visit to the House of Undying in season two where searches for her stolen dragons. As the highest point of the City Walls, this tower was an important defense fortress facing towards the land and it's considered as one of the symbols of the City. Read more about Minčeta Tower.
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