Star Wars Tatooine locations today

Evidently, the sets built for the original Star Wars famed Tatooine location were simply abandoned.

Beautiful to look at, impressive in how well they've held up and are instantly recognizable; these well-built shelters appear to have attracted quite an interesting slice of Tunisian culture to move on in. I'm sure there must be a great story that went into their design and build.

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  1. Awesome video. I didn’t realize the entire town was still there. I know the place where Luke grew up was still around. Is there a video of that place as well?

  2. It’s a shame that they let the train from “The Great Train Robbery” rust away. It was a piece of history that is shamefully lost to us now. It was our own Mali temple.

      1. Yeah, but the collectors will be hard-pressed to find a droid that speaks Bocce in order to get them up and running.

  3. i’m pretty sure these are from episodes I,II and III – the original ’77 sets having long since been reclaimed by the desert. 

      1. Wow, great link!

        I like that old set better.  Just goes to show that all the money in the world can’t make you be a better creative person and the money & success (and “yes people” that go with it) certainly doesn’t seem to help either.

  4. They weren’t all built to be abandoned.  The catina scene is in a troglodyte hotel in Matmata, Tunisa.  It’s high on my list of places to visit as I ride my motorcycle round the world. 

    1. [Sorry if repost…] In case you haven’t seen them, check out the excellent motorcycle road-trip series “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down” (available on Netflix DVD). The latter has a stop at that hotel.

  5. That’s neat and all, but it seems like it’s really just a bunch of trash left to rot in the desert.  Are we cool with that?

  6. robdobbs already said this, but vaguely.

    These ‘haven’t held up so well’ they’ve been maintained, you can hear about it here

  7. Funny I was in Mauritania last week and thought it looked like Tatooine. Desert is similar with lone mobile sand dunes.

  8. My Name is George Lucas, director of directors! Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair! 

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