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Game of Thrones Iron Bank


The highly anticipated seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs on July 16, 2017. It’s the most-watched television series ever. As we await the premiere of Season 7, we would like to share some insights about filming Game of Thrones Season 5 in Šibenik.

Šibenik appears as a film location in three episodes of Game of Thrones in Season 5. Our city joined the Croatian locations of Dubrovnik and Split on the hit show.


EPISODE 2 – The House of Black and White

Views of the Šibenik cityscape from the scene of Arya Stark’s arrival in the city of ‘Braavos’.

‘Braavos’ is where we first catch a glimpse of the Šibenik cityscape, as Arya arrives by boat. ‘Braavos’ is known as the most powerful of the nine Free Cities in Essos on the Game of Thrones. The view from Šibenik’s beach Banj, seen in the image below, is portrayed as the City of ‘Braavos’.


EPISODE 7 – The Gift

St John’s fortress becomes a set for the fighting pits of ‘Meereen’ scene. This scene was filmed over 3 days, and airs for about five minutes.

Characters appearing in this scene are Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont.

An area at the top of St John’s fortress was set up as a fighting pit in the city of ‘Meereen’. ‘Meereen’ is the greatest of three City States in the Game of Thrones’ Bay of Dragons. The ‘Meereen fighting pits are where Jorah, as a slave, defeats a number of fighters. Daenerys and the slave owners watch on. At the end of the battles he reveals his identity and presents her with a ‘gift’. That gift turns out to be his fellow slave, Tyrion.

(images: ŠibenkIn)


EPISODE 9 – The Dance of Dragons

Episode nine features St James’ Cathedral as the Iron Bank. This was filmed over five days and airs for approximately one minute and twenty seconds.

Characters involved in the filming of this scene are Arya Stark, Meryn Trant, Mace Tyrell and Tycho Nestoris.

Our Cathedral is staged as The Iron Bank in the City of ‘Braavos’, the most powerful financial institiution in the Free World. Lord Tyrell, accompanied by kings guard Meryn Trant, pays a visit to the head of the bank, Tycho Nestoris, to negotiate a deal. Arya, already in ‘Braavos’ eavesdrops on the conversation. (Pics of Game of Thrones set).

(images: ŠibenkIn)


The Actors

Several of the series’ major cast members were in Šibenik for filming, including:

  • Emilia Clarke (as Daenerys Targaryen)
  • Peter Dinklage (as Tyrion Lannister)
  • Iain Glen (as Jorah Mormont)
  • Maisie Williams (as Arya Stark)
  • Ian Beattie (as Meryn Trant)
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths (as Mace Tyrell)
  • Mark Gatiss (as Tycho Nestoris)

Many of the Game of Thrones cast and production crew were accommodated at Solaris Beach Resort!


An Extra’s Perspective

Šibenik locals were among 50 extras cast for the ‘Meereen’ fighting pit scene. Game of Thrones extras came from all over Croatia and there were even some foreigners. Most of the cast extras were slave owners that would watch the fighting in the arena. The rest were cast in the roles of servants or guards.

Calls for casting extras in Croatia created a challenge for the show’s costume designers! Croatian people tend to be quite tall. In order for the costumes to fit correctly, a height restriction was placed on cast extras. This limited males to a height of 190cm and females to 180cm.


Šibenik landmarks

To anyone that’s ever visited Šibenik, it may not come as a surprise that our medieval City of Šibenik was selected as a stage for the Game of Thrones. With its four protective fortresses, historic town core, ancient architecture and seaside location it’s an ideal film location for one of the show’s fictional towns.

To anyone yet to visit, a fascinating journey awaits. Discover the old town, cultural and historical landmarks and explore the film set locations. Recreate your own Game of Thrones images and selfies to impress your followers on social media.


Šibenik Game of Thrones locations & photo opportunities

Here are the important sites in Šibenik where you can take your Game of Thrones photos:

  1. Cathedral of St James and its vicinity, including the town hall, republic square and the Pelegrini Palace exterior
  2. The ancient streets and laneways of the old town centre
  3. St John’s fortress*

(*images: ŠibenkIn)