- Attractions which were used to film scenes in Game of Thrones’ new season are bracing for a tourism boom
- The medieval city of Girona, Spain, is expected to feature prominently when the series returns to the small screen
- Cast and crew returned to old favourites, including Dubrovnik, Croatia, and County Antrim in Northern Ireland
Call it the Game of Thrones effect – attractions that play a supporting role in the hit TV programme are bracing for a huge uptick in visitors as a new season begins.
The medieval city of Girona, Spain, is expected to feature prominently when the HBO series returns to the small screen after nearly a year-long wait on Sunday (or Monday in the UK).
Cast members, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who portrays Jaime Lannister, and crew filmed scenes at Girona Cathedral, which was built between the 11th and 18th centuries in a number of styles.
It is believed the cathedral and other sites in Girona were used as backdrops for the fictional cities of Oldtown and Braavos, and possibly King’s Landing. A single episode hasn’t even aired yet and Girona guides are already offering Game of Thrones tours.
While filming the latest 10-episode season, the cast and crew returned to old favourites, including Dubrovnik, Croatia, Iceland and County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
These are some of the locations fans will notice in Game of Thrones’ sixth season as they find out whether Jon Snow is really dead.
Girona Cathedral was one of the primary filming locations in Girona, Spain, when Game of Thrones took over the city last September
Girona Cathedral was built between the 11th and 18th centuries in different styles, including Romanesque and Gothic
Girona Cathedral’s large Gothic nave, built in the 15th and 16th centuries, is the widest of its kind in the world, at 23 metres (75ft)
The stunning steps of Sant Marti Sacosta church were off-limits to locals when Game of Thrones began filming in the city
The Basilica of Sant Feliu (left), the city’s first cathedral until the 10th century, is located around the corner from the Girona Cathedral
Members of the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men were spotted filming scenes at Sant Pere de Galligants, a Benedictine monastery. Past musical cameos in the show have included Coldplay’s Will Champion and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.
The Banys Arabs (Arab Baths), a 12th century building, was closed to visitors while Game of Thrones was filming in Girona
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (left, as Jaime Lannister) and Lena Headey (as Cersei Lannister) reportedly filmed scenes in Girona
Source: Daily Mail