Arboretum Trsteno is the oldest monument of garden architecture in Croatia and the only arboretum in Croatia located on the Adriatic coast. It is located in the tourist town of Trsteno, 19 km northwest of Dubrovnik. It is known for its historical gardens and its collection of Mediterranean and exotic plants. The Arboretum was founded in 1948 on the grounds of a Renaissance summer house with a garden, on an estate owned by the Gučetić-Gozze noble family from Dubrovnik since the end of the 14th century. In 1949, it was protected by law as a natural monument. It covers an area of approximately 25 hectares and in that area unites several units: a Renaissance park with a summer house, a neo-romantic park from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, an old olive grove and natural vegetation of forest and maquis, with coastal rocks. In addition to the summer house, the arboretum complex also includes the chapel of St. Jerome from the 17th century, an old olive mill, an aqueduct from the 15th century, and a baroque fountain with the Roman god Neptune and nymphs, built in 1736. With a rich plant collection consisting of 465 cultivated and 510 wild species, Arboretum Trsteno unites natural and cultural heritage.
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In the third season and fourth season of the television series Game of Thrones, Trsteno Arboretum was used as the setting of the Red Keep palace gardens in King's Landing.