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Game of Thrones window marks start of epic finale

The stained glass window marking the final season of Game of Thrones outside Belfast City Hall
The stained glass window marking the final season of Game of Thrones outside Belfast City Hall

By Rebecca Black

A giant stained glass window has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the start of the final season of Game Of Thrones.

The unveiling opposite the main entrance to Belfast City Hall came just hours after UK superfans stayed up to tune in at 2am to watch the first of the final six episodes.

The window is the first of six that will be unveiled each week across Belfast as the new episodes are broadcast.

Each window will highlight a key 'house' from the show, with a series of panels depicting the most talked-about moments from the entire saga.

The first window, unveiled yesterday, is dedicated to the House Stark.

Each window will be large enough for fans to pose in front of, for photos and selfies, so they can recreate their own Game Of Thrones photo opportunity.

The stained glass panes have been designed by hand illustrators and are being stained by an artist in Bangor, Co Down.

By the end of series eight, the windows will form a new Game Of Thrones trail, leading fans across the city to the final window at Titanic Studios, where much of the show has been produced.

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 HBO fantasy epic has been filmed on locations across Northern Ireland over the last 10 years, and watched by millions of fans across the world.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: "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.

John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI, said that Game Of Thrones has been "transformative" for tourism in the region.

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