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Where is Game of Thrones filmed?

No doubt this is one of the best TV series of all the times, and season after season it continues showing new and wonderful filming locations. In this post we are focusing on the best new locations where Game of Thrones has been filmed in season 6.

Northern Ireland continues serving as the camp base for this complex production. Spain and especially Catalonia picked up the slack of Croatia, that for the first time since the beginning of the series, is almost not going to be used as set for King's Landing anymore.

In Spain you can find arid lands and deserts like in Morocco (used in season 3), a country that once more was dropped as filming location. The same for Iceland (season 2 and 3) and Malta (1). You can find some of the top filming locations of Game of Thrones for season 3 here following this link. As usual, we'll be updating this long article and try to keep it spoiler-free as much as possible:


Game of Thrones filming locations in Spain

Where is Game of Thrones filmed season 6

Where was Captain America: Civil War filmed?

Despite the name, more than a Captain America series film, this movie could be called Avengers: Civil War, or Avengers 2.5 as many fans refer to it. The plot picks up where Age of Ultron left off. This time Steve Rogers leads one of the two superhero rival teams. Both factions will sort out their opposite views about government oversight by giving example: coming to blows.

The usual selection of stars returning to the franchise include Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner or Paul Rudd, and some newcomers like Tom Holland aka Spiderman.

This new Marvel blockbuster has used the city of Atlanta and Pinewood Studios as the base for the film. Captain America: Civil War has also been shot on location in Germany, Puerto Rico, and Iceland:

Captain America: Civil War Filming locations

Where was The Huntsman Winter's War filmed?

This film was originally planned to be the second part of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). But due to the scandal involving lead actress Kristen Stewart having an affair with director Rupert Sanders (who was cheating on his wife), the script was adapted to create this spin-off focused on the Huntsman. This way Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are again in the cast, whilst Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain are joining the story.

The Huntsman Winter's War was filmed basically in England, although in many instances, CGI (Computer-generated imagery) was used extensively. So here are the few real locations where this violent fairy tale has been set:

The Huntsman Winter's War Filming Locations

Where is Vikings filmed?

One expects that the answer to this question should be somewhere in Scandinavia. However, all the seasons of Vikings have been filmed almost entirely in the Wicklow county of Ireland. Within a very short range near the studio you find rugged mountains, fairytale-like forests, gorgeous lakes and the seaside. Also the studios are in less than an hour driving from Dublin, where most of the many extras required for some episodes come from.

In Ireland exists a competitive tax incentive that encourages shooting TV series and films. This may be the reason why the makers of Vikings prefer to stay in the island, unlike Game of Thrones that has been filmed in nine different countries so far.

Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lodbrok, a legendary 9th century hero who plundered Northumbria, France and Britain. As usual, we are not talking about the plot of the series, so this post is totally spoiler-free:


Where was vikings filmed

The land of towers in the Caucasus: 14 spectacular villages where every house was a fortress

The Caucasus mountains have been always a land of warriors and survivors. Highlanders not only have to endure severe winters in remote villages, remaining cut off from the rest of the world. In addition, for centuries many armies and empires made their way through these valleys, nested in the border between Asia and Europe.

But the inhabitants of these journeyed areas, instead of building castles and citadels, they organized themselves in a different way. Every household erected its own fortified tower. This may be because the villagers also had to cope with a closer lethal enemy: their own neighbors. Blood feuds between families used to be the order of the day. More or less as it happened in the Italian town of San Gimignano, that still preserves a dozen of its tower houses.

So in case of conflict, clan members ran to lock themselves in the family's bastion. All these circumstances produced a fantastic defensive architecture specialized in building towers, that we can find in Georgia and in the Russian Republics of Ingushetia and North Ossetia. Also in Chechnya and Dagestan are hundreds of these tall strongholds, often surrounded by spectacular scenery. You can find a map with some of the locations at the end of this post.


All along the Georgian watchtowers

Caucasian towers

Where was The Revenant filmed?

The Filming locations for The Revenant capture the splendor of an epic landscape, and also the tough conditions of survival - and filming - in such a frigid environment. The 11 months of shooting was notoriously complicated. The Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Amores Perros) was very clear from the beginning: it would not be a green-screen production; 93% of the movie takes place in exterior locations.

All actors are happy having a hot tea and relaxing in a studio between shoots. This would not be the case here: the filmmakers were looking for remote locations to give the feel of wilderness in snowy virgin conditions. Lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared that he had to do 30 or 40 of the hardest sequences of his career.

The weather was a major issue for this project. At first, The Revenant was only to be filmed in an extensive area near Calgary in Alberta, Canada, plus a scene shot in the neighboring state of Montana in the USA. But due to the lack of snow, the production had to move to southern tip of South America in Argentina. Contains no spoilers!

The Revenant Filming Locations

The new 2015 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 beautiful pictures

This is the fifth compilation with the best images from the new UNESCO World Heritage that we publish in Atlas of Wonders, a project already five years old. Following these links you can also have a look to the places that achieved the recognition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The list includes a bit more than a thousand sites, 1,031 in total:

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