Guide to ALL the Filming Locations: Where was Shadow and Bone filmed? The Palace House Location

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Welcome to the Grishaverse, the fantasy world where Shadow and Bone is set. The show was filmed in Hungary, using the Korda Studios in Budapest as headquarters.

The series features great filming locations showcasing the splendor of palaces, houses, and towns that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire spiced with a Russian-style flavor.

The Sun and the Shadow Summoner

The show is based on the Grisha trilogy book series and the Six of Crows novels by American writer Leigh Bardugo.

The action takes place in a number of fictional countries and cities including Ravka, bordered by Fjerda and Shu Han, and the island of Kerch, where the mighty city of Ketterdam is located.

The series stars Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, Archie Renaux as tracker Malyen "Mal" Oretsev, and Ben Barnes as the Shadow Summoner also known as General Kirigan, Aleksander, or The Darkling. Zoë Wanamaker plays Kirigan's mother, Baghra.

Morozova's Stag

The Dregs are a gang of thieves composed by Freddy Carter as Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej "The Wraith" Ghafa, and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey. In the books, the adventures of Alina and those of The Dregs are taking place in the same universe, but are not connected.

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The Little Palace in Os Alta is the headquarters of Ravka's Second Army, composed entirely of Grisha. The Festetics Palace located in the city of Keszthely, west of Lake Balaton, doubles as the Little Palace.

This stately home was not a royal residence, but one of the largest country houses in Hungary. The construction of the Baroque palace and gardens started in 1745 and was not completed until the end of the 19th-century.

As you can see, there is only one central tower, the other four ones were digitally added to give the building a Tsarist-Empire style.
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Shadow and Bone Little Palace
Many sections of the palace were featured in the series, including the library, the corridors, and the staircase with oak paneling.

The room in episode five where the demonstration takes place is the concert hall (pictured). The Festetics Palace was also used as a filming location in the 2018 movie Red Sparrow.


Grand Palace of Ravka
The audience with the King of Ravka in the Grand Palace (the ugliest building ever, according to Kirigan), was filmed at the big hall of the Ethnographic Museum of Budapest.

Founded as part of the Hungarian National Museum in 1872, this cultural space in the Pest side of the city hosts a large collection of Hungarian folk objects.

This location was also featured as the Palace of Ev in the Emerald City series.
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Royal archives in Kribirsk
Several scenes were filmed at the iconic Buda castle. In episode four, the Dregs are looking for the blueprints of the Little Palace after crossing the Fold.

The exterior of the Royal archives in Kribirsk, East Ravka, was filmed in the interior courtyard of the castle.

The modernist dome was replaced by a lower one using digital effects. The port of Novorkribirsk is also a CGI creation.
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Budapest Palace Hall
However, the interior of the Royal archives was filmed in another very popular filming location in Budapest. The old Budapest Stock Exchange Palace in Liberty Square (also known as the MTV building) is a monumental complex that has been empty since 2009.

It served as the abandoned casino in Las Vegas in Blade Runner 2049. The building was also featured in the Hanna series and the 2021 movie, Outside the Wire, starring Anthony Mackie.
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Castle in Ravka
The medieval walls of the Déli Rondella gate in the Castle Quarter of Budapest are also featured in many scenes.

In episode three, The Making at the Heart of the World, the location appears as the Grisha training grounds.

Also, this is the gate of the Ravkan capital, Os Alta, in episode five Show Me Who You Are (pictured).
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The village in ruins north of Chernast from episode four, Otkazat'sya, was filmed at the Szentendre Skanzen Village Museum, an open-air museum, situated only 20 miles north of Budapest.

As you can see, the windmill and the houses were CGI'd in post-production to reflect the destruction of the conflict.

This location was also featured in The Witcher series and many local shows and films.
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In Episode 6, The Heart is an Arrow, after escaping from the Little Palace Alina scopes out the streets of Ryevost, East Ravka.

These scenes were filmed in the picturesque town of Szentendre on the left bank of the Danube, a few miles away north of Budapest.

Szentendre is a lovely small city featuring narrow alleys, cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored buildings.
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Legenden der Grisha drehorte helyszínek
Some Hungarian websites reported the location of the ruins where Kirigan created the Fold in the flashback scene of episode seven, The Unsea.

The Széchényi-Wenckheim castle was a neo-baroque mansion house built between 1906 and 1909 in Póstelek near Békéscsaba.

The beautifully landscaped park can be visited, but you won't find the gargoyle statues, they were just film props.
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