While I was in Barcelona four weeks ago, I decided to take a Game of Thrones tour in the charming city of Girona.
Yes, I am a super fan!
Girona is an hour and 22 minutes away from Barcelona. It is a city in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, beside the River Onyar. It’s known for its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) and the Roman remains of the Força Vella fortress. Landscaped gardens line the Passeig Arqueològic, a walkway following the Old Quarter’s medieval walls, which include watchtowers with sweeping views.
Game of Thrones filmed all of season 6 and 7 in this area, so if you watch the series you will recognize these incredible buildings.
It was a snowy day, so these pictures are not the best representation of the scenery, but I managed to take a few decent shots.
The Girona Cathedral
One of Girona’s most recognizable buildings is the cathedral, which towers above the city and is reached by 91 stone steps. The cathedral appears in episode 6 when Jaime Lannister and Mace Tyrell confront the High Sparrow outside the Great Sept of Baelor, with Jaime riding his horse up the cathedral’s steps. In episode 10, the Great Sept is destroyed by Cersei in a massive explosion.
This is a Benedictine monastery (12th century), which is today used as a museum, together with the church of Sant Nicolau (now an exhibition room), form one of Catalonia’s most important Romanesque sites. The Benedictine abbey took 700 years to build!
Bridge over Riu Galligants
In episode 7 Arya Stark throws herself from a bridge into the canal to escape the waif.
These are various parts where filming took place. Some parts you may recognize from the show.
After the tour, we stopped by this unique ice cream shop tucked away in a small street. This is Ser Jaime’s golden hand on a popsicle stick, complete with detailed engravings. The popsicle comes in a gold-embossed box describing what you’re eating: Ser Jaime Lannister’s Golden Hand of Casterly Rock. And just in case you didn’t know whose hand you were consuming, it describes Ser Jaime’s full title – including “Kingslayer” in bold, because the North remembers – as well as House Lannister’s sigil, a golden lion. The ice cream’s key ingredients include blood orange (of course), mango and cocoa butter. Be sure to take a napkin because the gold bleeds on your lips. 😜
Happy Easter and Passover weekend! 💋
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