Seville, Spain, is one of the most charming cities in Andalusia. Known for flamenco, Easter processions, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s no surprise that this town is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Furthermore, if you’re visiting Seville soon, you can visit filming locations from Game of Thrones! That’s right, Seville is home to some of the most picturesque places from the series that captured millions of viewers over its eight seasons. In this article, I’ll be listing exactly where Game of Thrones was filmed in Seville. Although you won’t see the characters themselves, all of these places are 100% worth a visit!
Royal Alcázar of Seville
The Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla) is a palace built for King Pedro I de Castilla. Although Christians constructed it, the Alcázar is a beautiful example of Mudéjar architecture. Therefore, the entire palace is a stunning mixture of Christian and Moorish architectural styles. For example, the ceilings are painted gold, and the walls are covered with vibrant tiles everywhere you look. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why the Game of Thrones directors chose this location as the main seat of Dorne.
In the series, Dorne is the southernmost of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros (the Six Kingdoms, by the end of the show). This kingdom is shown to have extremely different customs from the other Regions of Westeros. Additionally, its climate is distinctive: warm and dry in comparison to the snowy North. In season 5, the Alcázar of Seville takes on the role of Sunspear castle, the seat of House Martell in Dorne. You can see scenes from this Spanish palace in episodes 2,6,7, and 9. The directors were initially drawn to filming in this location due to the Alcázar’s many water gardens. Game of Thrones used various sites within the palace to depict Dorne, which I will detail below.
Pond of Mercury
The Pond of Mercury, or El Estanque de Mercurio, contains a small fountain with a statue of the Roman god Mercury in the middle. Diego de Pesquera created this bronze statue, and it was cast by Bartolomé Morel in 1576. The pool sits at the same level as the castle and is therefore slightly higher than the rest of the gardens. No wonder it seems to catch everyone’s eye!
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you may recognize this pond from Season 5, Episode 2. During this episode, we catch a glimpse of Dorne as Jaime travels there to bring Myrcella back home to safety in King’s Landing. The princess is living in Sunspear at this point and is betrothed to Trystane, the heir to Prince Doran Martell. We can see the Pond of Mercury when Ellaria Sand goes to speak to the prince. As she demands retribution for her lover’s murder (Oberyn Martell), you may notice that the prince is sitting on a terrace overlooking this pond, as well as the Grotto Gallery.
Hall of Ambassadors
The Hall of Ambassadors (El Salón de Embajadores) is considered one of the most breathtaking rooms in the royal palace. This hall also has another name, “the Throne Room”, which is due to its purpose throughout history. When you first walk in, be sure to look up! You’ll notice an opulent gold dome, made of intricate interlaced wood that Diego Ruíz, a carpenter, carved into star patterns.
In Season 5, Episode 9, Jaime meets with Prince Doran in the Hall of Ambassadors to explain his presence in the palace. Jaime reveals that he came to retrieve Myrcella (his niece/daughter–in true GoT style) after receiving a threatening message from Dorne. The prince connects the dots that Ellaria Sand is obviously behind this threat. Thus, he grants Jaime’s freedom and allows Myrcella to return to King’s Landing. Although the Game of Thrones directors didn’t have to do much to make this set exemplary of Dorne, they did add curtains, furniture, and plants to make it look more like a functioning palace.
Baths of Lady María de Padilla
The Baths of Lady María de Padilla (Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla) are a series of rainwater tanks that lie beneath the Patio del Crucero. They are named after María de Padilla, a Castilian noblewoman who was the mistress of King Peter of Castile (also known as Pedro “el cruel”). Legend says that she would come to bathe in these tanks, although no one knows if this is true!
In Season 5, Episode 6, Ellaria Sand meets with her daughters (the infamous “Sand Snakes” by the Baths of Lady María de Padilla. Here, the women begin to plot their revenge for Oberyn Martell’s murder. It’s quite fitting that Ellaria Sand, a former mistress, takes on the meeting place of María de Padilla.
The gardens at the Alcázar of Seville are so extensive that you’ll need at least an hour to explore just this section of the palace. Here, you’ll find orchards with fruit trees and many fragrant flowers. If you’re visiting during the summer, make sure to come in the morning. The often sweltering Seville afternoons make a walk in the garden a bit uncomfortable!
In Season 5, Episode 6, you’ll notice the Pavilion of Carlos V (pictured above). This location is where Jaime confronts Myrcella and Trystane after infiltrating the gardens. Unfortunately, the Sand Snakes arrive and ambush him. Thus, a short battle ensues until Martell soldiers arrest both of the involved parties.
The Seville Shipyard, or Las Atarazanas de Sevilla, is one of the world’s best-preserved medieval shipyards. Dating back to the 13th century, the Royal Fleet was built here before sailing off to explore the New World. In season 7, this location was used as the set for the Red Keep’s dungeons and crypt in King’s Landing. Furthermore, this is where the weapon to be used against Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons was stored.
Filming Locations Close to Seville
The Osuna Bullring (Plaza de Toros de Osuna) represented Danzak’s Pit in the city of Meereen, one of the three city-states of Slaver’s Bay. In Season 5, Episode 9, this location is introduced as the most extravagant fighting pit in Meereen. Here, the Sons of the Harpy attempt to murder Daenerys. However, she’s able to escape at the last second on her dragon, Drogon.
Roman Ruins of Itálica
The Roman city of Itálica, just outside of Seville, is a candidate as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic Roman amphitheater in Itálica provided an ideal location for the Dragonpit in King’s Landing. The amphitheater appears in some of the most famous episodes of Game of Thrones, season 7 and 8 finales. In season 7, Jon and Daenerys meet with Cersei here to attempt to convince her to join them in fighting the Army of the Dead. Then, in season 8, many of our favorite characters reunite here to decide the fate of Jon and Tyrion as well as who will be the next king. If you happen to be heading to Northern Spain during your trip, you can see even more King’s Landing and Game of Thrones locations in Girona.
Castle of Almodóvar del Río
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