How would you like to see a movie scene come to life, to relive breathtaking moments of your favorite tv series, to visit the scenes where your favorite episode was shot?
Game of Thrones is arguably a leading fantasy drama tv series, shot in medieval realism. It is a fine adaptation of the storyline of A Song of Ice and Fire. The beautiful deserts in Morocco, the ancient and medieval structures make this a choice location for filming. Come with me on this marvelous journey as I take you through these amazing sites and sights in Morocco.
Essaouira in Morocco
A beautiful historical town which was particularly chosen for the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen. The Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO world heritage fortified seaport from the 18th century. The city is surrounded by fortified walls and the sounds of waves splashing against the fortress can easily be heard in the silence of the evenings. The narrowed walls of the city, a complex mix of both European and North African styles is a beauty to behold.
Wonderful activities to indulge in the medina are getting lost in the narrow streets and lanes, and window shopping. It’s a bit small compared to other medinas in Morocco, but the beautiful colors mix of the city walls and the seaside location gives it an exotic atmosphere.
It is also known as the Yellow City. It is called the Yellow City because its walls are made of yellow bricks, as it is an ancient city; crumbling walls are a common sight. The city is ruled by the wise people and the people are referred to as Yunkish.
An emblem is present in the city, it is a harpy with a woman’s body, and wings of a bat, eagle legs, and the tail of a scorpion, its talons grasp a whisp and an iron collar. The wise masters of the city ride horses and camels. The beach is a glorious sight to behold but watch out for the strong winds as they carry sand along too.
Ait Benhaddou Oasis
This location is in the southern part of Morocco. This historic village is composed of Kasbahs (a type of medina or fortress). It has been a UNESCO world heritage since 1987. A number of blockbuster movies have been shot here, including Marco Polo and The Mummy.
It is a heavily fortified city; the Ait Benhaddou Ksar is also the most famous site in the valley Ounila. The site is one of the trading posts on the ancient trade route linking Sudan to Marrakech by the Dra valley and the Tizi-n’Telout. In the community, there is an ancient mosque of the Ksar, a loft above the village and the sanctuary of Saint Sidi Amer.
Atlas studio Ouarzazate
This studio is located westward of the city of Ouarzazate. It opened in the year 1983. It is the world’s largest film studio hence it is sometimes referred to as Morocco’s Hollywood. A number of blockbusters have been shot here alongside Game of Thrones, movies like Gladiator, Atlantis. Important to note also that the most thrilling scenes of ice and fire saga were shot here. From the mind blowing sets to the natural desert sounds, Atlas studio is a must see for movie buffs.
Astapor is also known as the red city. It is the cultural and geographical region of Central Essos. It flows into the Gulf of grief. The third season of game of thrones was shot here. It is home to the Unsullied slave soldiers. It is governed by the good masters. At dusk, the good masters go about their duty to light lanterns made of silk and the colored lights make the pyramids glow. The city is known as the only place in the world where the ‘Unsullied’ can be purchased. This antiquated city and is rumored to have been built from disintegrating crimson colored bricks that are said to have been tainted by slaves. The inescapable dust from the bricks stings the eyes, which is why native women wear veils to protect their eyes. The streets are made of red brick and with each gust of wind red dust is everywhere.
The flag of Astapor has the Ghiscari harpy on it. The giant Ghiscari harpy is situated on the top of a building in Astapor. The plaza of pride, the plaza of punishment and the fighting pits are places of note in Astapor.
This city lies northeast of the Bay of Dragons. The great masters oversee the affairs of the city and the richer citizens live in pyramids made of several layers of stone. The beautiful city is made up of bricks of different colors, wide streets, and narrow alleys. The ancient multicolored walls are well maintained and anchored. There are ancient fighting pits which are huge circular arenas. The multicolored Daznak’s Pit is large and breathtaking. Other structures of interest in this ancient city include the ancient palaces, baths, gardens, and fountains. The modern people of Ghiscari speak dialects of High Valyrian.
Important places to note are the Great Pyramid and the Temple of Graces. The Great Pyramid of Meereen measures 800 feet tall (243,84 meters), from its huge square base to the lofty apex. The Pyramid has thirty-three levels in all, a few of those levels is considered sacred to the gods of Ghis.
The temple of grace lies on the west side of the great pyramid, it is a huge structure topped with domes of gold.
Would you like to go on this real life unforgettable experience? Get ready, pack your bags, book a ticket and let’s go on this breathtaking experience together to relive our favorite Game of Thrones moments.
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