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The Citadel
The Citadel
Order headquarters
Training center
The Conclave, Order of Maesters
Places of note
Date of founding
"The raven arrived from the Citadel this morning, Your Grace. The Conclave has met, considered reports from maesters all over the Seven Kingdoms, and declared this great summer done at last. The longest summer in living memory."
―Grand Maester Pycelle to Queen Cersei[src]
Complete Guide to Westeros Maesters Citadel

The entrance to the Citadel, flanked by two giant stone sphinxes.

Oldtown Complete Guide to Westeros

The Citadel is located in Oldtown, in the Reach.

The Citadel is the seat of the Order of Maesters, the learned men who advise the lords of the Seven Kingdoms on matters scientific, medical, and historical. It is located in the city of Oldtown in the far southwest of the continent.

The Citadel was founded many centuries ago to promote and increase learning and knowledge in Westeros. It is administered by the Conclave, the ruling council of archmaesters. The Citadel is also where young men from the entire continent are trained to become Maesters.


Season 1Edit

At Castle Black, Maester Aemon notes to Tyrion Lannister that the current summer has lasted nine years, and that reports from the Citadel say the days are growing shorter, indicating that its end is soon at hand.[1] When Aemon later reveals his past to Jon Snow, the surprised Jon says "You're Aemon Targaryen!". However, Aemon corrects him by stating that he is "a Maester of the Citadel, bound in service to Castle Black and the Night's Watch", stressing to Jon that a sworn brother of the Night's Watch abandons all previous family ties.[2]

Season 2Edit

A special white messenger-raven arrives at the Red Keep in King's Landing from the Citadel. Grand Maester Pycelle presents it before Queen Regent Cersei Lannister and the Small Council, explaining that it signifies that the Citadel has analyzed the climate and officially declared the ten year long summer to have finally ended, and autumn has arrived in Westeros.[3]

Season 3Edit

When Jaime Lannister is being treated by Qyburn at Harrenhal after losing his hand, he notes that Qyburn is not a maester, as he isn't wearing a maester's chain of office. Qyburn explains that the Citadel stripped him of his chain, expelling him from the Order of Maesters, because they found some of his experiments "too bold".[4]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Citadel is described as a university-like complex of buildings extending along both banks of the River Honeywine in Oldtown, linked by graceful bridges. The Isle of Ravens is the oldest part of the Citadel and the site of the ravenry, from where the maesters send messenger ravens out to all parts of the Seven Kingdoms. Other locations of note in the Citadel include the Seneschal's Court, Weeping Dock, and Scribe's Hearth.

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