Lokrum Benedictine Monastery

An atmospheric ruin, this deserted 11th century monastery was recently featured in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

TravelCurious Tip

If you’re feeling peckish, there is a reasonably-priced restaurant at the back of the monastery.

Religious buildings are often found in the most unlikely places. The tiny wooded island of Lokrum, located 600m offshore from the port of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, is a prime example. At just a mile long, you wouldn’t expect there to be very much of anything at all here, but in fact the very first written mention of the island concerns the foundation of the Benedictine Monastery in 1023.

A Thousand Years of History

The monks abandoned the monastery in 1798, but the centuries-old ruins still carry a strong sense of history, evident in the differing architectural styles which were incorporated as the years went by. Oldest is the 12th-13th century Romanesque-Gothic basilica, while the cloisters of the 15th-century Gothic-Renaissance monastery are in considerably better condition. Keep your eyes peeled for the inquisitive peacocks which roam the island with their brood and will often take a stroll around the monastery themselves – they were brought over from the Canary Islands in the late 19th century.

Dragons at the Door

Keen-eyed fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones may be struck by a sense of familiarity as they wander these old stone walls. The monastery, along with the island’s botanical gardens, was used as the setting of the fictional city of Qarth in the series’ second season. Sadly the actual monastery has rather fewer wizards and dragons than the TV show, but the island does host an enthusiastically-staffed Game of Thrones exhibition which will explain all you need to know about the dramatisation.

Nearby Attractions

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Dubrovnik Cathedral
This Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake on a site of worship that dates back to the 7th century.
Walls of Dubrovnik
The imposing defensive walls of Dubrovnik guarded the freedom of a sophisticated republic for five centuries.
Rector's Palace
This secular palace is a harmonious combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
A picturesque island only 600 metres off Dubrovnik's coast, featuring a deserted Benedictine monastery and botanical garden.
Fort St John
A key part of the city's old port defence system, this fort now hosts an Adriatic aquarium and maritime museum.
Dubrovnik Cruise Port
A port renowned for its fascinating history, crystal clear water and astounding superyachts.

Related Tours

Game of Thrones : King's Landing
  • Did you know that much of the hit TV show Game of Thrones was filmed in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik?
  • An absolute must for all fans of the show, you will endeavor to uncover the highlights of Dubrovnik, that indeed adds so much to the series. 
  • Your tour will begin at the enigmatic Old Wall, where much of the series was filmed.  Stand in the footsteps of the stars and commemorate the show!

    Climb the old city walls that were attacked by the Baratheons in the first series, and then explore Lovrijenac Fortress- the beautiful 11th-century castle that features heavily in many of the Game of Thrones battle scenes. This fortress provides one of the best vantage points in Dubrovnik, with quite a few steps to climb make sure to wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water! The view is well worth the wait however. It’s located above the main gate into Dubrovnik’s old city which is one of the Game of Thrones filming locations!

    Gaze down at fictional Blackwater Bay from the fort's impressive vantage point, and imagine the bloody Battle of Blackwater taking place outside of its walls.

    You will then make your way down through the town towards the port to get to Lokrum- a former 11th century Benedictine Monastery, complete with a replica of that famous throne, on which you must sit! Lokrum is just a short 10-15 minute ferry ride away and provides a different perspective on Dubrovnik itself by being away from the busy island.from cliff jumping to gazing at the gorgeous wildlife there’s no chance you will be bored here.

    You will visit Lokrum Island, a stunning oasis close to the centre of the city, and boasting the beautiful summer residence of Archduke Maximilian and a gorgeous city park- one of the oldest arboretums in Croatia. 

    This is the very setting of the gardens of King’s Landing palace during the third Game of Thrones series. Here you will have the pleasure of learning more about the War of the Five Kings, as well as admiring the park’s Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features.


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