Water Gardens

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The Water Gardens © FFG
—by Cris Urdiasles
Dorne and the location of Sunspear
Dorne and the location of Sunspear
Water Gardens
Dorne and the location of Sunspear

The Water Gardens is a palace with gardens and waterworks that serves as a private retreat to House Martell, the rulers of Dorne.


It is located on a beach next to the Summer Sea, three leagues to the west of Sunspear on a coastal road.[1]

The Water Gardens were raised by Prince Maron Martell as a gift for his new bride, Princess Daenerys Targaryen, to mark the union of Dorne to the rest of the Seven Kingdoms.[2]

Pale pink marble paves the gardens and courtyard. Terraces overlooking the numerous pools and fountains of the Water Gardens, shaded by blood orange trees, can be reached via a fluted pillar gallery leading to a triple archway.[1]

The Water Gardens are pleasant in autumn: hot days, cool nights, the salt breeze blowing in from the sea, and fountains and pools to admire and play in.[2] Children from all stations and areas of Dorne are sent to the Water Gardens to foster, where they play together at the beach, pools and fountains and in the water.[1][3] Prince Doran Martell watches generations of children play there as he relaxes and thinks.[1]


The Water Gardens are my favorite place in this world.[3]
- Prince Doran Martell, to Ser Balon Swann

Chapters that take place at the Water Gardens

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.

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