Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

The Planet Tatooine In Star Wars Is, In Fact, A Real City

In Star Wars, the planet Tatooine is directly inspired by the Tunisian town of Tataouine and the desert of the same name. Several scenes of young Anakin Luke Skywalker were shot at this site. The movie set was left intact and is a tourist attraction today.

Tataouine (Arabic: تطاوين‎ Taṭāwīn), also transliterated as Tatooine, Tatahouine, Tatahouïne, Tatawin, Fum Taţāwīn, Fumm Tattauin, Foum Tatahouine, Fum Tatawin, or Foum Tataouine, from the Berber Tittawin, literally meaning Eyes, with the figurative meaning of Water springs (see Moroccan city of Tetouan), is a city located in southern Tunisia. It is the capital of the Tataouine Governorate. The below ground, "cave dwellings" of the native Berber population, designed for coolness and protection, render the city and the area around it a tourist and film makers attraction.

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