‘Game of Thrones’: Where to Find The Real-Life Staircase to Dragonstone in Spain

IndieWire | 7/17/2017 | Staff
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It took Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and their party 241 steps to make it to the top of Dragonstone.

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That’s how many steps visitors to the real-life, steep twisting staircase at Spain’s San Juan de Gaztelugatxe have to take in order to make it to the peak of the islet, located in Spain’s Basque Country. “Game of Thrones” filmed at the location last fall, for a pivotal scene that capped Sunday night’s Season 7 premiere.

During a recent visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, locals excitedly told tourists of how “Game of Thrones” had recently filmed at the landmark. But even they weren’t clear of how it would play a part on the show or when it would first appear. That mystery was solved on Sunday night, when the unmistakable staircase popped up toward the end of the episode.

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In the episode, Daenerys and her loyalists quietly make the journey to Dragonstone, the Targaryen ancestral home, and explore the abandoned castle – before settling in the war council room. In real life, that’s the magic of CGI – but the location is very real.

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Gaztelugatxe, which belongs to the municipality of Bormeo (located in Northern Spain), is connected to the shore via the man-made bridge, which leads to the staircase seen on “Game of Thrones.” On top of the island, the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe church dates to the 10th century – and was once a convent, although the one currently up there isn’t the original. Euskoguide has some back story:

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe had a strategic purpose as a defensive outpost for the lords of Biscay. It was used as a bastion against the King of Castile, Alfonso XI. The seven knights from Biscay fought against him at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Alfonso XI was humiliated and was forced...
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