Water Gardens

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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 is the private residence of the rulers of Dorne. It is located on a beach next to the 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 ranks 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] Prince Doran Martell watches generations of children play there as he relaxes and thinks.[3]


The Water Gardens are my favorite place in this world. [4]

- Prince Doran Martell, to Ser Balon Swann

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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. A Feast For Crows Chapter 2, The Captain of the Guards.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.