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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Croatian Island Of Lokrum To Build "Game Of Thrones" Theme Park

This is interesting and cool news worthy of quickly throwing in here. I never get sick of throwing in "Game of Thrones" related stories here. It's much more interesting to me than the endless World Series, new Avengers movie, the new Tim Hortons hamburger donut and all the Renee Zellweger gossip television chatter going on 24 hours a day. (Although she is looking pretty good for 45, not too shabby at all, but I don't know if she's ever been to Dubrovnik or Lokrum) Anyway, in case the reader isn't aware, the popular HBO series has been filming in various locations in Croatia the past few years, (see previous post links at the bottom for more), and now this project of a theme park near the major filming location of Dubrovnik is starting up. I think this is an absolutely perfect location for something like this, and it will be another cool thing to check out for fans of the series who just happen to be in Dubrovnik.

This island located at the southernmost tip of Croatia is a small nature reserve and special forest vegetation reserve, and for the most part is unheard of outside of Europe, but it has it's fair share of legends and a long and interesting history. Some of the oldest instances of Croatian Glagolitic script in stone are found nearby in Dubrovnik (the mysterious rune-like very first Croatian and Slavic script with origins from Hyperborea), as well as Croatian knotted pleter reliefs. Back in the centuries when the royal Croatian lands were a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it's been visited by Emperors, Empresses, Kings, Queens, Archduchesses and more. A fort was built there when Napoleon's army occupied it for time and Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg had a summer residence on Lokrum. An interesting long tradition holds that Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked on it in 1192 when coming back from the third crusade. The monastery, fort castle and various other buildings which haven't been used for centuries are still basically intact, (one section has been operating as a restaurant for some time, there's also secluded swimming areas, kayaking, biking, trails as well as a nudist beach area),  and that's why it has already been used as a Game of Thrones filming location, so what better way to make use of the already present fantasy and medieval-ish look and feel of the island?...a history filled and perfect location for an official Game of Thrones theme park I say.

When you think about it. it's a pretty cool concept even if it is just a throne from a television series, it's almost like going the future. You're in Dubrovnik and in the summer it can get pretty busy, so you boot over to the island for a couple of hours to see some nature and history. You're surrounded by centuries old forts and buildings and history, yet you can sit on the Iron Throne from the modern day Game of Thrones television series, so you're actually taking a step the future, get it, it's like philosophical.

Yep, I definitely think they made the right choice to go with an official Game of Thrones theme park. When I eventually get to Dubrovnik down the road, I'm definitely going to go to this theme park, and I'm coming back with swords, goblets and helmets.


New Tourist Attraction for Dubrovnik – Game of Thrones ‘Theme Park’


Croatia’s most visited destination is about to get another tourist attraction…

The small island of Lokrum, which is around 600 metres from the city of Dubrovnik, will be home to a ‘Game of Thrones’ theme park, writes Poslovni Puls. A monastery on the island will next year turn into a 2-level ‘theme park’ for the popular series which is also filmed in Dubrovnik. The series producers HBO have reportedly given their backing to the tourist attraction, which will house many original items from the set, including the costumes.

Filming for the series fifth season has just completed in Dubrovnik.

On the island of Lokrum. Image:

If you hit the map Google icon in the corner you can see better views from the different parts of Lokrum island.

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Behind the scenes from season 4 featuring locations filmed in Croatia.

Season IV trailer that was filmed at Croatian locations.

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