As Game of Thrones' final season kicks off, a very special tribute to the series' legacy and impact on Northern Ireland is appearing across Belfast: Game of Thrones stained glass windows.
Over the course of the next six weeks, as Game of Thrones airs its final episodes, huge stained glass tributes to the series will be popping up around Belfast to form a Glass of Thrones trail in celebration of the show.
Yesterday, two days after Game of Thrones Season 8 premiered, the first of the Glass of Thrones installations was unveiled at the main entrance of Belfast City Hall.
Each window, hand designed by an illustrator and painted by an artist in Bangor, Co. Down, will be a nod to a main house or family on the series.
The first stained glass window is all about the Starks of Winterfell.
Jon Snow raising his sword takes front and center, while on the outskirts you can see Arya at different stages in her journey to becoming a fearless assassin, Sansa standing tall and proud, and the horrific events of the Red Wedding.
Each Tuesday until the series concludes, a new Glass of Thrones will be unveiled in Belfast. You can track their progress via the Glass of Thrones interactive website from Tourism Ireland.
The Glass Of Thrones installation is part of Tourism Ireland’s new campaign to showcase Northern Ireland as Game Of Thrones territory to millions of fans worldwide.
The strength of that relationship should not be underestimated. The series filmed at 49 locations in Northern Ireland, employed 12,986 extras from Northern Ireland over the years, and worked with 2,000 Northern Ireland crew members throughout the show's eight seasons.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said the aim of the campaign was to highlight Northern Ireland to audiences across the world.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with HBO once again in 2019, to highlight Northern Ireland – through the exciting events of Game Of Thrones – on the global stage,” he said.
“This time, we’re taking Northern Ireland’s cultural and industrial heritage in stained glass and glass production and bringing it full circle – to celebrate Northern Ireland’s newest and biggest cultural export.
“We’re reminding people everywhere that Northern Ireland is Game Of Thrones territory and encouraging them to come and explore it for themselves.”
The next Glass of Thrones will be unveiled somewhere in Belfast next Tuesday, April 23.