Game of Thrones Filming in Malta

by admin on May 21, 2011

I find it extremely interesting to watch Game of Thrones not only for its own sake, but also for the fact that it is filmed partly in my country of origin – Malta. When I first saw the first episode, the first few scenes where Khal Drogo appears felt somehow familiar. Once the ‘Dwejra’ arch came into view, I had no doubt – this was Gozo, Malta’s sister island.

Part of the set of Game of Thrones in Dwejra, Gozo.

The Dwejra Arch, in Gozo

There seems to have been quite a bit of trouble with this site, due to the local development regulator issuing permits for filling up the rocky bay with large quantities of sand for the shooting. Turns out this wiped out a big chunk of the ecosystem in the area.

In any case, another interesting location is Mdina, Malta’s old capital, which is part of the cityscape of King’s Landing, although greatly enhanced with CGI. Mdina’s Mdina Gate, the old city’s main entrance, serves as the gate to King’s Landing, as seen here in episode two:

Entrance to King's Landing

King's Landing's Gate

Here’s Mdina Gate during a normal afternoon:

Mdina Gate

Mdina Gate

Another part of the sceneryis Fort Ricasoli, which is as shown as the gate into the Red Keep. Ricasoli’s gate is quite a prepossessing sight, with its twisting columns and huge doorway leading into the 17th Century fort.

Fort Ricasoli's Gate



Red Keep Gate in Game of Thrones.

Red Keep Gate

 

Ricasoli from the air, with the gate to the far right of the image. You can clearly see how the view upon entering the gate would be a relatively desolate one. Check out the mock colosseum also.

Ricasoli from the air, with the gate to the far right of the image. You can clearly see how the view upon entering the gate would be a relatively desolate one. Check out the mock colosseum also.



The entrance into the Red Keep - you can see the CGI in action here, especially when compared to the above image.

The entrance into the Red Keep - you can see the CGI in action here, especially when compared to the above image.

 

It’s quite a weird feeling to watch scenes from your own country on an international  show. That said, it feels great that they made such a great show as Game of Thrones out of it! There are more locations I’ve noticed, so I’ll keep this as a part one post, and leave the other for another day.

 

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Martin White July 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Went to Malta on holiday in June, and couldn’t quite believe my eyes when places I visited started turning up in “Game of Thrones”! The only one you list which I’m not quite sure if I saw is Ricasoli – the gate looks familiar. Is it in Valletta, or is it somewhere else?

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admin July 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for the comment! Ricasoli is across the Grand harbour from Valletta. It protects the mouth of the harbour from one side, and Valletta’s Fort St. Elmo from the other. It’s a pretty awesome fort and you get some great views of Valletta and any ships coming in or going out the port. It’s also been used in other big movies, such as Gladiator, so you might have seen it there (can’t remember if the gate features in that movie).


View Fort Ricasoli in a larger map

That’s Fort Ricasoli to the lower right and Fort St. Elmo to the upper left.

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MarkBiwwa August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Excellent post. Was looking for some ‘before/after’ shots of the Maltese sights Game of Thrones used; these are excellent. Great show too!

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Roderick Scotto September 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

It’s a pity that the 2nd season will not be shot in Malta .
Malta is a great historical island which is perfect for a holiday for people of all ages

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