Game of Thrones: If Westeros was in Europe (no spoilers)

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You’re safe with us as this article doesn’t contain any spoilers about Game of Thrones!

 

Winter is here, and with it Game of Thrones last season is already on the screens of the whole world. We are so excited to see what HBO has prepared for us in this beginning of the end and find out who is going to be the Queen or King of the Seven Kingdoms.

 

 

As you all know, Europe has been the stage of many of the regions in which George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga has come to life, so it is not rare to think of Europe as Westeros. Would you like to know which kingdom of Game of Thrones corresponds to each European country? In this article you’ll find this out!

 

A curious fact is that the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros have the shape of the United Kingdom and Ireland turned inside out. This is not unusual since much of George Martin’s narrative is inspired by historical events that took place during the Middle Ages among powerful families in England.

 

DORNE

 

We locate Dorne in Spain and Portugal. Many agree that Dorne would be situated in Spain for being a land always illuminated by sunlight and for having a peculiar architecture full of palace complexes with fountains and gardens, like those in Spain influenced by Islamic art.

In fact in Andalusia, more specifically in the gardens of the royal Alcazar of Seville,  the scenes of the Martell of Sunspear were recorded. Also, regarding their personality, the Dornians are passionate and sensual, as Spanish people are compared to how the rest of Europeans are considered to be.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE REACH – HIGHGARDEN

 

The Kingdom of the reach could not be located anywhere else other than France and Italy. The fabulous city of Highgarden full of sophistication and elegance reminds us of the Parisian city. Also the renaissance Italy full of beauty could be a reference of this region of Game of Thrones.

The Tyrell house adore the beautiful things, enjoy good wine and have great ports in their coasts.

In the real world, the home of the queen of Thorns was shot in the castle of Almodóvar del Rio, in the province of Córdoba, Spain.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE NORTH – WINTERFELL

 

We placed Winterfell in Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Russia. We probably agree that the cold north would be in Russia, an immense terrain of frozen weather that runs along thousands and thousands of kilometers to unknown lands. This turns the Russians into Kings of the North. The wall that protects the world from what lies beyond, would begin at the Russian border between Europe and Asia.

Although in the series the place of filming Winterfell was Castle Ward in the County of Down, Northern Ireland; and to roll past the wall they were located in Vatnajökull National Park and Mývatn, in Iceland.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VALE

 

The Vale, home of the Arryn house moves us to Austria and Switzerland. The Alps would correspond to this ​​mountainous area of Westeros and with it, steep hills turn up to be an impregnable fortress.

Others think that The Eyrie, which is the main stronghold located in the Vale of Arryn, should be placed in Romania; due to the fact that Poenari’s Castle of the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes was an amazing fortress with limited access located in a difficult place to conquer.

Anyway, the Game of Thrones production chose the castle of Neuschwanstein in Germany to be  the Nest of Eagles location.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE ISLES AND RIVERS

 

The riverlands would be constituted by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland and Lithuania. This are fertile territories with beautiful forests and lakes, that comply with the main features of the riverlands.

The Iron islands, which also belong to this region of Westeros, would be situated in the nordic countries Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The occupants of the Iron Islands have a clear influence from the Vikings. Their lifestyle, their personality and the boats that they used resembled this civilization.

The Port of Ballintoy is the location in the real world of  Port of Pyke in the Iron Islands.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE ROCK

 

Everyone knows the wealth and power of the Lannister’s lands rich in gold mines. That is the main reason for the Lannisters of Casterly Rock to be settled in Germany where they “always pay their debts”.

Despite this, the location chosen by the production team of Game of Thrones for Casterly Rock was the Castle of Trujillo, in the province of Cáceres, Spain. Also according to George Martin himself, Casterly Rock was inspired on the Rock of Gibraltar.

 

 

KINGDOM OF THE STORMLANDS

 

The stormlands, home of the Baratheon house, would be located in the Balkan Peninsula. As a matter of fact, they look like this region. There are small and forested countries with irregular terrain. Many of the Balkans countries have access to the warm and humid Mediterranean climate, but specially Serbia and Albania’s weather is characterized by strong and dangerous storms.

 

 

What do you think of this placement of Westeros? According to our map, what noble house would you belong to? Tell us in the comment section !

 

 

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