Glass of Thrones

Northern Ireland: Game of Thrones

Relive the most epic Game of Thrones scenes in six handcrafted stained-glass windows.

Glass of Thrones

By Denise Henry & Pennie Hunt

For over a decade Belfast in Northern Ireland was the production hub for Game of Thrones.

Wanting to commemorate the impact this iconic show has had on the city, Tourism Ireland commissioned six beautiful, freestanding stained-glass windows inspired by the most popular GOT scenes, to invite visitors on a stroll through some of the cultural gems of the city.

Glass 1: Lannister Window - ICC Belfast

Glass 2 is dedicated to the troublesome House Lannister.

Glass 2 is dedicated to the troublesome House Lannister.

Placed outside the entrance to Belfast's International Conference Centre, this stained glass depicts the key figures in the explosive episode at the Great Sept of Baelor and also the gruesome death of Prince Oberyn Martell. Visitors to the city be warned. Let not a similar fate befall you!

Glass 2: Baratheon Window - Lagan Pier

Melisandre, the Red Woman, dominates the depiction of House Baratheon

Melisandre, the Red Woman, dominates the depiction of House Baratheon

As a Port City, Belfast's Lagan Pier is an appropriate location for a homage to a House who endeavoured, like Melisandre, to cross the seas in order to conquer their rivals. The scenes depict the death of King Robert and one of the most despised characters of the show - Robert's son Joffrey.

Glass 3: Targaryen Window - Odyssey Point

Dedicated to the fiery House Targaryen, the vibrant colours of this glass capture the dramatic moments associated with the Mother of Dragons.

Dedicated to the fiery House Targaryen, the vibrant colours of this glass capture the dramatic moments associated with the Mother of Dragons.

Belfast's Odyssey Pavillion has hosted some pretty epic (sporting) battles over the years, but it's safe to say none were quite as brutal as those led by Daenerys Targaryen. Some of the scenes on this stunning window include the Battle of the Goldroad, and the fate of her brother Viserys at the hands of her husband Khal Drogo.

Glass 4: White Walker Window - SS Nomadic, Titanic Quarters

The White Walker window is several shades of piercing blue - just like the Night King's eyes.

The White Walker window is several shades of piercing blue - just like the Night King's eyes.

It's fitting that this window is placed near the dock of the SS Nomadic, a boat that was built to transfer passengers to and from the Titanic. Given the fate of this mighty ship, the icy world depicted in the stained glass of the White Walker window is a sombre reminder of a terrifying fate. 

Glass 5: The Iron Throne Window - Titanic Slipways

While no one (apart from Bran) could have predicted the fate of The Iron Throne, on this version you can at least get your own selfie.

While no one (apart from Bran) could have predicted the fate of The Iron Throne, on this version you can at least get your own selfie.

You'll finish off your journey where it all began, at the Titanic Studios, where much of Game of Thrones was brought to life. 

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... from the Visit Belfast website. It truly is one of the best ways to see the city. At each corner you'll be encouraged to stop and read about cultural sites along the way. You might also find yourself being tempted by the plethora of shops, bars, restaurants and cafés.

And don’t forget to check out one of the Doors of Thrones at the Dark House Belfast, a 12-minute walk from City Hall. Culture seekers might also want to head to the Titanic Belfast, directly in front of the White Walker window.

The Dark Horse Belfast, home of Door of Thrones Number 10.

The Dark Horse Belfast, home of Door of Thrones Number 10.

Titanic Museum

Titanic Museum

If you're keen to know more about the making of these stunning, handcrafted windows, this video is a lovely little introduction to how they proudly reference the history and tradition of glassmaking in Northern Ireland.

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