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Tyrion Lannister: "Forgive me, I don't see Prince Doran in your company?"
Lord Blackmont: "The Prince's health forces him to remain at Sunspear. He sends his brother, Prince Oberyn, to attend the royal wedding in his stead."
— Lord Blackmont explains that Prince Doran remains in Dorne's capital.[src]

Map showing the location of Sunspear on the continent of Westeros.

Sunspear is the capital of Dorne, southernmost of the Seven Kingdoms, located in the far southeast of the continent on the Summer Sea. It consists of a strong, fortified castle and a town that sprawls around it. It is a town built largely of mud and straw. The town's largest structure is Spear Tower, a 150-feet structure with a pinnacle of shining steel.[1]

The castle was the seat of House Martell, Princes of Dorne, until the family was temporarily deposed by Ellaria Sand and the three eldest Sand Snakes, who seized power through a coup. With the latter dead and the former imprisoned for life in King's Landing following a naval assault, an unidentified Martell assumed rule in Dorne, and by extension Sunspear.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Sunspear is the principal stronghold of House Martell. It is located on the far-eastern coast of Dorne and consists of two strong towers, the Spear Tower and the Tower of the Sun, the latter of which contains the Prince of Dorne's throne room. The castle walls are sand-colored, setting it apart from the other major castles of Westeros.

Sunspear is surrounded by the shadow town, which consists of shops, markets and bazaars. The town is also walled, though more buildings - mostly mud-brick hovels - stretch beyond it. The castle and town also have a modest harbor. Areo Hotah, who is from the Free Cities, notes that the town around Sunspear isn't really large enough to be considered a true "city" on the scale of Norvos, Pentos, or King's Landing, but it is still the largest settlement in Dorne.

Notable residents of the castle

  • Prince Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne in the name of the King.
    • Princess Arianne Martell, Prince Doran's firstborn daughter and heir.
    • Prince {Quentyn Martell}, Prince Doran's second child.
    • Prince Trystane Martell, Prince Doran's youngest child.
  • Prince {Oberyn Martell}, called the Red Viper, Prince Doran's younger brother.
  • Areo Hotah, Doran's trusted captain of the guards. Originally from the Free Cities.
  • Maester Caleotte
  • Maester Myles
  • Ricasso, the seneschal of Sunspear
  • Ser Manfrey Martell, Doran's cousin and the castellan of Sunspear
  • Alyse Ladybright, Sunspear's lord treasurer

See also