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We have previously looked at maps of George R.R. Martin’s world of Westeros from the Song of Ice and Fire series here and here.  But we haven’t looked closely at the cities of Westeros and Essos… until now.  In honor of the season 5 premiere of the Game of Thrones series on HBO, I compiled maps and illustrations for some of the most important locations from the series, including King’s Landing, Winterfell, and Braavos.   Some of these are official creations, earning the approval of Martin himself, while others were made by die-hard fans.

This map of King’s Landing is from “The Lands of Ice and Fire”, which is a collection of maps for locations from the Song of Ice and Fire series.  Martin paired up with illustrator Jonathan Roberts to create the maps and provide exhaustive, in-depth commentary about each location.

Map of King’s Landing (from The Lands of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, via http://www.fantasticmaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Kings_Landing.jpg)

Although an official map of Braavos, the free city on the continent of Essos, does exist in the “Lands of Ice and Fire”, I found this fan-made one to be much more colorful:

Also from the continent of Essos, Meereen is the current home of Daenarys Targarean, who is consolidating her power and building her army before making her much-delayed invasion of Westeros for the Iron Throne.  Meereen’s distinctive feature is its giant pyramid, topped with a statue of a harpy.  This illustration of Meereen comes from the title credits of the HBO series. There are, unfortunately, not many better quality views of Meereen which are available.

The City of Meereen, from the HBO series Game of Thrones (via http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/File:Meereen-title-sequence.jpg)

Winterfell, although the seat of power for the North of Westeros, is much less a city and more like a castle with the surrounding environs.  One intrepid fan set out to recreate the city, based on its depiction in the opening credits of the TV show, using a CAD tool and a 3-D printer.  The shot of Winterfell in the opening credits is quick, and the only other map he had to go on was this floor plan from the Wiki of Ice and Fire.  Talk about dedication!

Depiction of Winterfell, created using a 3-D printer, by Daniel Ammann (via http://www.wired.com/2013/02/3d-printed-mini-winterfell/)

Finally, I found a map of Dragonstone, seat of power for Stannis Baratheon, made entirely in Minecraft.  The several giant stone dragons are quite imposing, even if they are made up of tiny digital blocks.

Map of Dragonstone from Minecraft, Maruku 2012 (via Planet Minecraft, http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/showcase-winterfell/)