Game of Thrones Mdina and Rabat

Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat

Game of Thrones, the beloved fantasy series, captivated audiences worldwide with its enthralling story-lines and breathtaking landscapes. All the fans of Game of Thrones must know that some of the scenes of season 1 were filmed in Malta. There are several Game of Thrones filming locations in Malta and also Gozo, which can be seen in the scenes of the serial, like the one that took place in Kings Landing, and the Dotraki weeding and Essos.

Mdina  Game of Thrones locations

Nestled in the heart of Malta, the ancient fortified city of Mdina served as the backdrop for King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Known as the "Silent City" for its peaceful atmosphere and tranquil streets, Mdina's timeless beauty perfectly embodied the regal essence of Westeros. If you have some time for a tour around the Silent City, go and see where the famous scenes took place. This was quite an exciting journey. I took some screenshots from the episodes and tried to find the exact spots from the scenes. In the pictures below you can see the difference between the movie set and the reality. For a moment the awareness that the actors were there brought an amazing feeling.

Mdina Gate Game of Thrones scenes

As you enter through the imposing Mdina Gate, you'll find yourself stepping into the realm of Game of Thrones. This grand entrance served as the backdrop for numerous scenes, including Ned Stark's arrival in King's Landing in the show's debut season. Stand where the honorable Stark stood and immerse yourself in the rich history of the fictional realm. Here was also filmed the scene in the 3 episode Lord Snow, when Catherine Stark arrives in the capital.

Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat
This is one of the most popular historical gates in Malta. Mdina is the old capital of Malta and has an amazing history. Being one of Game of Thrones filming locations makes it even more attractive.

Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat
Catherine Stark enters the King's Landing.

Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat
The guards of King's Landing welcomed Catherine to the city and took her to Littlefinger's brothel. I sow only lost tourists. :)
Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat
Once you enter Mdina you will recognize this place. Welcome to King's Landing.

The Mesquita Square

Next, you will see the place where another scene was filmed, presenting Littlefinger's brothel. Over here was also filmed a scene from the third episode, when Ned Stark goes to meet his wife. Take a moment to reflect on the intricate politics of Westeros as you explore this picturesque square, surrounded by majestic palaces and medieval architecture.

 Entrance to the brothel. The color was different 8 years ago.

 

Game of Thrones filming locations - Mdina & Rabat
 In front of the brothel, when Jamie Lannister comes to threaten Ned Stark. You can see this scene in the fifth episode of the first season The Wolf and the Lion


Rabat  Game of Thrones location


Adjacent to Mdina, the town of Rabat provided additional filming locations for Game of Thrones, offering a mystical backdrop that perfectly complemented the series' fantastical elements.


St Dominic's Convent

In Rabat, St. Dominic's Convent transformed into the Red Keep's gardens, where characters such as Margaery Tyrell and Sansa Stark found solace amidst the intricate political web of King's Landing. Explore the convent's beautiful courtyards, adorned with vibrant flora, and imagine yourself as part of the intricate Game of Thrones tapestry. A found out that another scene was filmed at St Dominic's Convent in Rabat, between Cersei and Ned Stark.

 Cersei and Ned Stark talking in the seventh episode of the first season You win or you die. I couldn't find the right corner since the entrance to the garden was closed. I took my photo from far. But I do believe a lot is changed since the filming of the scenes.



We consider Malta a great place for movie sets. It offers a variety of scenery from medieval and baroque styles, and many other spectacular landscapes and historical moments. I find this an interesting thing to do, so I hope in the near future I visit other filming locations and I will share them with you. I've already visited most of the places. Take a look at Assasin's Creed scene preparation photos that I took in Valletta.

FAQ

What was filmed in Malta for Game of Thrones?

Malta was one of the filming locations for the first season of Game of Thrones. Several scenes set in the fictional city of King's Landing were filmed in Malta, particularly in the capital city of Valletta. The iconic "Gate of the Gods" (Mdina Gate) in Mdina, the old capital of Malta, was also featured prominently in the series.

What city is Mdina in Game of Thrones?

In Game of Thrones, the city of Mdina in Malta was used to represent the fictional city of King's Landing in the first season. Mdina served as the backdrop for several scenes set in King's Landing, including the iconic "Gate of the Gods" (Mdina Gate), which was featured prominently. Mdina's medieval architecture and historic atmosphere provided a fitting backdrop for the capital city of the Seven Kingdoms in the early episodes of the series.

Why was Game of Thrones kicked out of Malta?

Game of Thrones was not kicked out of Malta; rather, the decision to move filming locations after the first season was a result of logistical and financial considerations. The production team sought alternative locations that better suited the evolving storyline and were more cost-effective. As a result, Game of Thrones subsequently filmed in various other countries to represent the different regions and landscapes of the fictional world created by George R.R. Martin

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