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The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

The multiple abandoned Star Wars sets of Tatooine can be found throughout the Sahara Desert in Tozeur, Naftah, and other places in Tunisia, North Africa.

The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

When George Lucas visited Tunisia he fell in love with the natural beauty and old architecture of the towns. He then decided to make this the location of Tatooine for Star Wars (he also used Tunisia for Raiders of the Lost Ark). There are at least 4 different locations, one such place is from the 1970’s Star Wars : A New Hope, featuring the Lars Dome. Mark Demul and fans raised enough money to repair the hut of Luke Skywalker’s former home, from 1977. They re-plastered walls and repainted the small dome white. The scene of the family dinner between Luke, Uncle Owen, and Aunt Beru occured in the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata in 1976. You can visit this hotel today and see where the magic happened. It was also featured in the 2002, Star Wars Episode 2.

One location is used as a tourist attraction and is right on the outskirts of Naftah. The whole village of Mos Espa resides there, it even has raving reviews. Unfortunately, right outside Mos Espa is an encroaching sand dune, which could possibly cover Mos Espa in the future years. This movie set was built in the 1990’s and was left after filming was completed in 1997. It has become a popular tourist destination and is even offered by local hotels as a hot spot.

Some of the former sets are more dilapidated than others. Though some scene were filmed at actual locations. Here is a list of some of the film locations in Tunisia and what movie they were for:

  • Shubiel Gorge, Sidi Bouhlel (or Sidi Bou Helal), near Tozeur – Episode 4 – Tatooine Canyon
  • Sidi Jemour, Island of Djerba – Episode 4 – Tatooine and Tosche Station
  • Ajim, Island of Djerba – Episode 4 – Tatooine and Mos Eisley Spaceport
  • La Grande Dune, near Nefta – Episode 4 – Tatooine Desert
  • Chott el Djerid, near Nefta – Episode 4 – Tatooine Desert and Lars Homestead
  • Matmata – Episode 4 Tatooine and Lars Homestead – Used for dinner scene with Lars and Luke – Revisited in Episode 2 as Lars Family Homestead
  • Ksar Hadada, Ghoumrassen – Episode 1 – Tatooine, the Mos Espa Slave Quarters
  • Ksar Ouled Soltane – Episode 1 – Tatooine, the Mos Espa Slave Quarters
  • Onk Jemal Tozeur – Episode 1 – Tatooine Desert – Location of Light saber duel between Qui-Gonn Jinn and Darth Maul outside Mos Espa
  • Thanks to Josh for the tip about these former Star Wars sets.

    The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

    The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

    The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

    The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

    Where is the abandoned Mos Espa Star Wars set? These are the coordinates 33.953417,8.134861. As far as Luke’s home on the Lars farmstead the exact coordinates are hard to find but they reside in the general area.

    The Abandoned Star Wars Sets of Tatooine, Mos Espa, and the Lars Homestead

    Image 1 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Image 2 by Skylar Primm [Flickr / skylarprimm].
    Images 2, 3, 4 and 5 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Images 1, 3, 4 and 5 by John Roberts [Flickr / johntrathome].
    Image 6 used under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic. Image 6 by Stefan Krasowski [Flickr / rapidtravelchai].

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