More on Malta
By Winter Is Coming on in Filming, Press, Speculation.

An article at the Times of Malta about the purported damage to the natural site in Dwerja also gives us a list of possible filming locations in Malta.

The permit also covered filming to be carried out in eight additional natural and cultural sites, namely Mdina, Fort Ricasoli, Fort St. Elmo, San Anton Palace and Gardens, Verdala Palace, Fort St. Angelo, Fort Manoel, Cittadella and Rdum id-Delli.

Mdina GateSome of the locations we had already reported on, such as Mdina’s streets doubling as the streets of King’s Landing, and the Fort Ricasoli gates being used for the Red Keep’s gates. One other Mdina location that reportedly was used, is the Mdina Gate (pictured right) which doubled as the King’s Gate. However, there are some new locations listed.

We have some inside info about what they may have been filming at some of these locations. San Anton Palace, which is actually the residence of the President of Malta, was used for parts of the Red Keep. Verdala Palace, which is the President’s summer residence, supposedly doubled as Illyrio’s manse. Fort St. Angelo was also used for Red Keep scenes (specifically the scenes of Arya chasing cats). Fort Manoel was the location of Baelor’s sept, used in that “pivotal scene.” Another location used that is not on that list is the St. Dominic monastery in Rabat, which was where they shot the meeting of Ned and Cersei in the Red Keep godswood.

And lastly, the scenes that have yet to be filmed, the ones the production is hoping to film in Mtahleb, those would be Dany’s final scenes.

UPDATE: The production has apologized for any damage caused by the cleanup in Dwerja. The damage was caused by a sub-contracting company that did not follow the terms of the agreement. As soon as the production found out about this, they put a stop to it and began the manual clean-up. They regret the mistake and have said they have had nothing but positive experiences while filming in Malta.


  1. The Rabbit
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice post, and very nice bit of info for every location :)

  2. Brude
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Found some more pictures of Fort Manoel. I am going to assume that the Great Sept set will be somehow be built out of this main square in the fort.

    Pic 1
    Pic 2
    Pic 3

    I wonder how it’s all going to look when dressed.

  3. Phantomwriter05
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Why is it when I hear that they damaged a historical sight I get this picture of Tropic Thunder when they blew up an entired jungle full of endangered species?

    Hopefully the head of HBO isn’t Les Grossmen … LOL!

    Though if you kind of think of it Cersei is sort of the Les Grossmen of Westros …

  4. Winter Is Coming
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Brude, nice find Brude. Was trying to find some pics from inside the fort. My source indicates that the scene was indeed shot inside the fort’s main square, although they indicated there wasn’t much set work added to the existing structure. My guess is they will use CGI to dress things up.

  5. Hear Me Roar
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink


    This main square looks like the big square in front of the sept, with Baelor’s statue and all. Big space. Thanks for the photos.

  6. Tysnow
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    That Mdina Gate has some superb architectural elements. Here are two pics, and I believe you can see why they chose to utilize it for filming.

    Mdina gate pic1
    Mdina gate pic2

  7. GaR
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    These Maltese locations are growing on me more and more. I realised that most of the major castles in Westeros date back to the Age of Heroes, a thousand years and more in the past. King’s Landing was founded and the Red Keep built at the time of the Conquest, less than 300 years before Thrones, so the more recent style of the architecture in comparison to sites used for the likes of Winterfell makes sense.

    To me, at least.

  8. Brude
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a panorama shot of the square at Fort Manoel – best image I’ve seen of the site.

  9. The Rabbit
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Great panorama pic, Brude.
    We gonna have fantastic Kings Landing !

  10. dizzy_34
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink


    Yes nice pics indeed. I hope the stucco addtions don’t make it into the frame :)

  11. Tysnow
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I figure Fort Manoel will be a composite shot, they will use the courtyard of the fort for a sort of Basilica outside the entrance of the Sept. The exterior of the Mosta Cathedral will be used for the doors to the Great Sept and will be inserted in the gap between structures in Ft. Manoel that you can see in the Fort pics. The open side of the courtyard is a perfect natural blue screen with the sea and sky, so the cgi artists and then add the Kings Landing cityscape.
    They probably used as I have mentioned along with others the interior of the Mosta Cathedral for the Great Sept interior, it is 8 sided with 8 recesses, one for the doors and 7 for the Seven, besides the breathtaking awe inspiring interior and dome is perfect.

    Mosta one
    Mosta two
    cool Mosta Panorama

  12. Ed
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! That panorama shot is amazing! That IS the square at King’s Landing!!! I can just see it packed with people as Ilyn Payne…. Well, it’s gonna be epic!! Oh my Gosh I am giddy as a school boy with the prospect of owning the entire series on Blue Ray one day!

  13. Steve Westenra
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink


    I was kind of “meh” about the location until you linked to these awesome photos. They both look quite spectacular.

  14. Nymeria
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting report WiC.

    Thank you.

    And thanks Tysnow and Brude for those amazing photos

  15. The Rabbit
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    A bit of King s Landing for this week-end.

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