mount_oregano: Let me see (NightFallsOnEurope)

We know what the residents of Game of Throne’s Kingdom of Dorne look like: tan and slim, but no tattoos. The women have long dark hair and the men have beards.

In fact, they look like a select sample of the residents of Osuna, Spain, a small town near Seville. The television series producers held a casting call there on September 2, accepting 500 of the 4,500 who came to the town’s soccer stadium for pre-selection.

Shooting begins today and will continue through October 29, and the extras will get €50 per day for working from 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., including the time in makeup, hairdressing, and wardrobe, although some may appear on-screen nude. Featured sites may include the local quarry, bullring, and Renaissance chapel.

Osuna Mayor Rosario Andújar expects it to be an enormous boost to the local economy, both during the filming and afterwards as a tourist attraction for fans. The municipal website already has pages dedicated to Juego de Tronos (Game of Thrones).

Some scenes will also be shot in the Royal Palace in Seville, one of my favorite places, sort of a mini-Alhambra. Dorne should be a stunningly beautiful kingdom.

— Sue Burke

mount_oregano: Let me see (Sierra Nevada)
“Game of Thrones” will film some scenes for Spring 2015 episodes in the Royal Alcázar of Seville, one of the oldest palaces still in use in the world.



I took this photo during a visit. It shows the entrance to the Damsels’ Patio.

Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, and added onto in the 14th, the Seville Alcázar could be described as a mini-Alhambra, filled with Islamic, medieval, and mudéjar architecture. It belongs to the royal family of Spain, and they occasionally use it for official business.

Seville’s mayor hopes that when HBO shows the world what the city has to offer, tourists will come. I know they won’t be disappointed.

Every time I’m in Seville, I visit the Alcázar. Once, as I toured its halls and chambers, I realized I was completely lost. I was about to look at the floor plan, then I stopped. I was lost in one of the most gorgeous buildings in the world. I was in no hurry. What could be better than to continue wandering aimlessly and enjoying whatever delight I came upon next?

It doesn’t get any better than that. Come see for yourself.

— Sue Burke

July 2017

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