Awhile back, we traveled to the desert planet Tatooine from the Star Wars universe—well, the set of it, at least. Scenes from several of the Star Wars movies were filmed on location in Tunisia and many of the sets and landscapes seen in the movie, such as the port city of Mos Espa and Luke Skywalker’s house, can still be visited today.
This time we’d like to share our travel report of Ksar Hadada, one of three traditional fortified granaries scattered about southern Tunisia that were used in the filming of the Slave Quarters Row of Mos Espa in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
In the movie, the Slave Quarters were a humble slum district in Mos Espa the home of Anakin Skywalker and his mother. The Ksar Hadada location in particular was used for the scene where Qui-Gon Jinn speaks to Anakin’s mother about her son’s “high midi-chlorian count” and potential as a Jedi.
Today, Ksara Hadada is nothing more than a lonely piece of 100-year-old Berber architecture out in the middle of the desert and is one of the less-travelled Star Wars set pieces in Tunisia. At least, there was no one there when our correspondent visited. We heard the country doesn’t get that much in the way of tourism in the first place, the exception being the Lars Homestead; that place gets all the love.
If there is one unique draw to Ksara Hadada, it’s the glitzy Lord Vader statue set up in the small shop on site by a young Tunisian man who, unlike most people in Star Wars tourism looking to make an easy buck, claims to be an actual fan of the movies.
You can find more information on getting into Ksar Hadada here.
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