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Królewska Przystań
Capital City of the Siedem Królestw
Królewska Przystań as depicted in the TV Adaptation; Gra o Tron
Lokalizacja Włości Korony, Westeros.
Zarządca The King on the Żelazny Tron , Feudal society.
Populacja 400,000(approx)
Religia Wiara w Siedmiu
Założony 300 years ago, where Aegon first landed in Westeros.
Nazwany Aegon I Targaryen, Its founder.
Znane miejsca Czerwona Twierdza | Wielki Sept Baelora
Organizacje Gwardia Królewska | Cech Alchemików | City Watch
The Włości Korony and the location of Królewska Przystań
The Włości Korony and the location of Królewska Przystań
Królewska Przystań
The Włości Korony and the location of Królewska Przystań
1 : Road to Rosby - 2 : Smok Gate - 3 : Iron Gate - 4 : Smokpit- 5 : mansion of Shae - 6 : brothel of Chataya - 7 : Old Gate - 8 : Flea Bottom - 9 : Czerwona Twierdza - 10 : Street of Sisters - 11 : Gate of the Gods - 12 : Cobbler Square - 13 : Guildhall of the Alchemists - 14 : The Hook - 15 : Wielki Sept Baelora - 16 : Muddy Way - 17 : Fishmonger's Square - 18 : River Gate - 19 : Tobho Mott's store - 20 : Street of Steel - 21 : Harbor- 22 : Lion Gate - 23 : River Row - 24 : Fish Market - 25 : Tourney ground - 26 : The King's Gate - 27 : Królewski Trakt.

Królewska Przystań is the capital of the Siedem Królestw, located on the east coast of Westeros, overlooking Blackwater Bay. It is the site of the Żelazny Tron and the Czerwona Twierdza, the seat of the King. The main city is surrounded by a wall, manned by the Straż Miejska Królewskiej Przystani, also known as the Gold Cloaks. Poorer smallfolk build shanty settlements outside the city. Królewska Przystań is extremely populous, but rather unsightly and dirty compared to other cities. The stench of the city's waste can be smelled far beyond its walls. It is the principal harbor of the Siedem Królestw, rivaled only by Stare Miasto.[1]

History

The area around Królewska Przystań used to be disputed territory between the Kingdoms of the Reach, River and Krainy Burzy, just hills and forests, with only a handful of fisherfolk living north of the Blackwater Rush – until three hundred years ago, when Aegon the Conqueror landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, building his first fortress of wood and earth, on top of the highest hill. Later, when Aegon finalized his conquest, he decided to build his capital around that fort, since it was more centrally located than any other and not part of any of the former kingdoms, setting the king apart from his vassals.[2]

In time, the city was expanded by the Targaryen kings. The Czerwona Twierdza was completed during the reign of Maegor the Cruel, The Great Sept was built to show the Targaryens' piety and adherence to the Wiara w Siedmiu after giving up the old gods of Valyria (it was not named the Great Sept of Baelor until after Baelor the Blessed's death), and the Smokpit was constructed to house the Targaryen smoks.

Królewska Przystań has suffered occasional attacks and catastrophes during its existence. During the Pierwsza Rebelia Blackfyre'a, the Army of the bastard half-brother of King Daeron I Targaryen threatened the City, but was promptly stopped at the Bitwa na Polu Czerwonej Trawy. During the Great Spring Sickness, four in ten inhabitants was killed by the outbreak and funeral pyres in the Smokpit had burnt nonstop, painting the night sky in the unnatural green of wildfire. Most notably, during the civil war known as Rebelia Roberta, the Mad King Aerys almost burned the city to the ground to "save" it from the rebels, and it was shortly after sacked by a Lannister host. See Zdobycie Królewskiej Przystani.

The City

The city is roughly square-shaped, sprawling across several miles and defended by tall walls. There are seven gates leading into the city: the Smok Gate, the Lion Gate, the Mud Gate, the Old Gate, the Gate of the Gods, the King's Gate, and the Iron Gate. Within the walls, the city is dotted with manses, arbors, granaries, brick storehouses, timbered inns, merchant stalls, taverns, graveyards and brothels. There is a fish market. Hundreds of quays can be found in the harbor. Between buildings the roads are broad, lined with trees and branching alleys and streets.[2] Just within the Mud Gate lie the three great trebuchets called the Three Whores, a new addition to the defense of the city.[3][1]

The city covers the north shore of the Blackwater and covers three tall hills, named after Aegon and his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Aegon's High Hill, surmounted by the Czerwona Twierdza, the royal castle located in the south-eastern corner of the city, overlooks the bay directly, whilst Visenya's Hill to the west is crowned by the marble-walled Wielki Sept Baelora and its seven crystal towers. Rhaenys's Hill in the north is capped by the collapsed ruins of the Smokpit dome, its bronze doors shut for a century and a half since the last smok died.[2]

The poor reside in the slums which are called Flea Bottom, a maze of narrow streets and alleys, where many beggars and the poorest part of the city's population resides; they regularly subsist on "bowls of brown", a mystery stew that can include the meat of rats and murder victims, among other things. The richest residents live on the other side of Rhaenys's Hill from Flea Bottom. According to semi-canon sources the richer areas of Królewska Przystań lie near the Old Gate.[4]

Large tournaments are held outside the city, beside the Blackwater [5]

City Gates

Seven is a sacred number in Westeros, thus the reason Aegon the Conquerer had seven huge gates built which are the entrances into the capital of Królewska Przystań each of these gates is protected by portcullis, heavy doors and armed guard.

Notable Locations

  • The Czerwona Twierdza, the royal castle located on top of Aegon's Hill.
  • The Wielki Sept Baelora, where the Najpobożniejsi convene with the Wielki Septon. It is the holiest sept of the Seven. It is located on Visenya's Hill.
  • The Smokpit, a huge dome, now collapsed, that used to hold the Targaryen smoks. Its bronze doors have not been opened for more than a century.[2] It is found on Rhaenys's Hill. The Street of Sisters runs between it and the Great Sept of Baelor.
  • The Alchemist's Guildhall, beneath Rhaenys's Hill, stretching right to the foot of Visenya's Hill, along the Street of Sisters. Beneath it is where the Alchemists create and store the Dziki ogień.[6]
  • Flea Bottom, slum area of Królewska Przystań, a downtrodden area of town. It has pot-shops along the alleys where one can get a 'bowl o' brown.' It has a stench of pigsties and stables, tanner's sheds mixed in the smell of winesinks and whorehouses.[7]

Ulice, place i inne

Zobacz też mapę Królewskiej Przystani zamieszczoną w książce.
Tyrion w Królewskiej Przystani; MarcSimonetti ©
  • Ulica Sióstr, u podnóża Wzgórza Visenyi. Znajduje się na niej Dom Cechowy Alchemików.[6] Biegnie prosto jak strzała między wzgórzami Rhaenys i Visenyi, stąd pochodzi jej nazwa.[8]
  • Ulica Żelazna, znajduje się tam większość kuźni kowalskich. Zaczyna się na placu targowym za Rzeczną Bramą i wznosi się na wzgórzu Visenyi. Im wyżej się nią idzie, tym droższe widzi się sklepy.[9]
  • The Street of Flour, along which numerous bakeries may be found. Below the street lies a maze of twisting alleys and cross streets.[7]
  • The Street of Silk, a street lined with brothels of varying expense.[10]
  • Aleja Węgorzy, na wzgórzu Visenyi. Mieści się tam karczma.[2]
  • Pigrun Alley, enclosed by tall timber-and-stone buildings whose upper stories lean out so far over the streets that they nearly touch those of the buildings across from them.[11]
  • Shadowblack Lane, a twisty lane that begins at the northern gate of the Czerwona Twierdza and winds its way down to the foot of Aegon's High Hill.[12][13]
  • Fetoring Lane, a street full of apprentices.[14]
  • Muddy Way, a street that begins at Fishmonger's Square.[14]
  • Sowbelly Row, the street Lollys Stokeworth was found wandering along after she had been raped.[14]
  • Pisswater Bend, a street which is probably located in the Flea Bottom area. The bloody flux was spreading through the stews on this street.[14]
  • Street of Seeds - street
  • Coppersmith's Wynd - street
  • River Row - street
  • The Hook - street
  • Cobbler Square
  • Fishmonger's Square - located near the Mud Gate.

Population

Królewska Przystań is extremely populous, but rather unsightly and dirty compared to other cities. Its population is estimated at more than 500,000,[15] although this number varies during winters and in times of war, when people take shelter behind the city walls. George R. R. Martin has stated that the city is larger than Medieval London or Paris but smaller than Medieval Constantinople or Ancient Rome (each had a population of about 1,000,000).

Military

The Straż Miejska Królewskiej Przystani, also called the 'Gold Cloaks', is Królewska Przystań main military formation, in charge of guarding and policing the town and its surroundings. Its men are 2,000 strong, the number being increased in times of need or war.

The Royal Fleet guards the entrance to Blackwater Bay and patrols the bay and the Blackwater Rush.





References and Notes

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