Real Places that Should be in Fantasy & Sci-Fi Films, TV & Games

AlexH

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Belogradchik Fortress.jpg


I doubt this will be anywhere as popular as the thread that inspired it, currently at 131 replies. There's a reason I haven't posted in it (at least to my knowledge). I think the real world is amazing enough! I wonder why some real places haven't been used in mainstream fiction. One friend often asks if I've been to Skyrim for real (it's probably why I'm happy not to play Skyrim/Zelda-esque games these days - I used to a lot before I started travelling).

It's good for some places to remain relatively undiscovered, given how crowded places can get.

I'll start with a couple from Bulgaria.

Buzludzha Monument. Built by the Bulgarian communist regime in the 1970s, and opened in 1981. It looks incredible enough from the outside, a UFO landed on top of a mountain, with a 70m tower. Then you go inside! I haven't been in winter, but it looks even more incredible:

https://flic.kr/p/qYUwUx
https://flic.kr/p/Y6gNNg
Sadly, many Bulgarian's (far from all) feelings about communism and a law banning public display of communist symbols has seen it rot.

Belogradchik Fortress. Originally built during the Roman Empire. What a great idea to use what nature provided as a fortress. There are massive vertical, natural drops from three sides.

https://flic.kr/p/UTowHw
I'm using Pinterest/Flickr embeds so I don't use anyone's bandwidth, but I'll click all links too.
 

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Massive 5,000-year-old underground city uncovered in Cappadocia, Turkey
once home to as many as 20,000 residents living together underground. It is eleven levels deep and has 600 entrances and many miles of tunnels connecting it to other underground cities. It incorporates areas for sleeping, stables for livestock, wells, water tanks, pits for cooking, ventilation shafts, communal rooms, bathrooms, and tombs.
 

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Belogradchik Fortress. Originally built during the Roman Empire. What a great idea to use what nature provided as a fortress. There are massive vertical, natural drops from three sides.
Oh, wow. That is fantastic. I have a portal fantasy on a burner behind the back-burner, and this is the place I wrote about without knowing it existed. That photo is what the cover should look like.:D
 

BAYLOR

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I doubt this will be anywhere as popular as the thread that inspired it, currently at 131 replies. There's a reason I haven't posted in it (at least to my knowledge). I think the real world is amazing enough! I wonder why some real places haven't been used in mainstream fiction. One friend often asks if I've been to Skyrim for real (it's probably why I'm happy not to play Skyrim/Zelda-esque games these days - I used to a lot before I started travelling).

It's good for some places to remain relatively undiscovered, given how crowded places can get.

I'll start with a couple from Bulgaria.

Buzludzha Monument. Built by the Bulgarian communist regime in the 1970s, and opened in 1981. It looks incredible enough from the outside, a UFO landed on top of a mountain, with a 70m tower. Then you go inside! I haven't been in winter, but it looks even more incredible:

https://flic.kr/p/qYUwUx
https://flic.kr/p/Y6gNNg

Sadly, many Bulgarian's (far from all) feelings about communism and a law banning public display of communist symbols has seen it rot.

Belogradchik Fortress. Originally built during the Roman Empire. What a great idea to use what nature provided as a fortress. There are massive vertical, natural drops from three sides.

https://flic.kr/p/UTowHw
I'm using Pinterest/Flickr embeds so I don't use anyone's bandwidth, but I'll click all links too.
Those places definitely belong in the movies ! :cool:(y)
 

M. Robert Gibson

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I just caught a bit of a documentary on the Inquisition. In it was a shot of a castle atop a craggy mountain.
I took to the internet, searching for pictures of castles on mountains and I actually found it.
cdpuilaurens.jpg

It is the Château de Puilaurens
More pictures here Château de Puilaurens - Ruined Medieval Cathar Castle in France

It kind of reminds me of my vision of The Eyrie from A Song Of Ice And Fire (bear in mind I've only read the books, so my vision is untainted)
 

Graymalkin

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I just caught a bit of a documentary on the Inquisition. In it was a shot of a castle atop a craggy mountain.
I took to the internet, searching for pictures of castles on mountains and I actually found it.
View attachment 47589
It is the Château de Puilaurens
More pictures here Château de Puilaurens - Ruined Medieval Cathar Castle in France

It kind of reminds me of my vision of The Eyrie from A Song Of Ice And Fire (bear in mind I've only read the books, so my vision is untainted)
Someone that hasn't given in to the GOT epidemic? I'll have to lend you my box sets.
Great photo. I think the Cathars were pretty much destroyed. That castle looks in great condition.
 

BAYLOR

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I just caught a bit of a documentary on the Inquisition. In it was a shot of a castle atop a craggy mountain.
I took to the internet, searching for pictures of castles on mountains and I actually found it.
View attachment 47589
It is the Château de Puilaurens
More pictures here Château de Puilaurens - Ruined Medieval Cathar Castle in France

It kind of reminds me of my vision of The Eyrie from A Song Of Ice And Fire (bear in mind I've only read the books, so my vision is untainted)
Now that is a Castle ! And yes belongs in a great epic fantasy novel ! (y):cool:
 

Juliana

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Moving away from castles and fortresses, in my twenties, I went on a month-long expedition from São Paulo, Brazil (where I lived) to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. We broke down in the middle of Route 3, which looks like something out of Mad Max and is mostly unpaved (just gravel/dirt). It was definitely an experience!



(Image from this site: Ruta 3 Tierra del Fuego)
 
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