Which African country became the planet Tatooine for the filming of the original ‘Star Wars’ episode?
Fans of the Star Wars franchise continue to make pilgrimage to the iconic settings used in the filming of the movie. Luckily, the locals of Tunisia are generally friendlier than the fictional Jawas of Tatooine. Luke Skywalker’s home was a real subsoil home in the town of Matmata. Residents here burrow into the soft sandstone to carve out their homes. The spaceport town of Mos Eisley in the film is actually a sponge fishing town near the Ile de Djerba.
Tunisia is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert. In the capital, Tunis, the Bardo Museum has archaeological exhibits from Roman mosaics to Islamic art. The city’s medina quarter encompasses the massive Al-Zaytuna Mosque and a thriving souk. To the east, the site of ancient Carthage features the Antonine Baths and other ruins, plus artifacts at the Carthage National Museum.
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Capital and largest city: Tunis; 36°50′N 10°9′E / 36.833°N 10.150°E
Prime minister: Youssef Chahed
Currency: Tunisian dinar