Star Wars : splendid sets... that really exist !

The deserts of Tatooine, the icy expanses of Hoth, the plains of Naboo... Discover the incredible settings of the universe.
Star Wars Réalité/Fiction
Star Wars Réalité/Fiction

Discover Star Wars around the world

In several places on the planet, Star Wars makes you discover magical places!

Tatooine? Or Tataouine in Tunisia?

And yes: the name of the planet Tatooine is in fact a paronym of Tataouine, a city in Tunisia. In the surrounding deserts were shot several scenes from Episode IV.

Tataouine - Flickr photo by Avi Alpert
Tataouine – Flickr photo by Avi Alpert

But to find places worth photographing, you have to go to Nefta, 360 kilometres away. It was in the Nefta region that the outdoor scenes of A New Hope were filmed in 1976.

And in 1995, for The Phantom Menace, the village where Anakin Skywalker was born and grew up was built here. The traditional habitats have been used almost untouched, and are still visible.

In the United States: Naboo, Endor and always Tatooine

A lot of different landscapes. The famous Valley of Death and Buttercup Valley for scenes from Tatooine in Episodes IV and VI, but also Marin County, California, for the Battle of Naboo in Episode I, or Redwood National Park for the Battle of Endor in Episode VI.

Star Wars in Europe?

For the prelogy, the Mediterranean landscapes were introduced to include Naboo and several other new planets.

The (unfortunate) picnic in the grass between Padmé and Anakin, in episode II, was filmed in a meadow in Rogaro, Italy. Also in Italy: the departure pier to the villa of Padmé (Tremezzo, Parco Civico Teresio Olivelli) and the villa itself (Lenno, Villa Balbianello), as well as the Royal Palace of Naboo, which is seen in the first two episodes (Caserta). The interior of the Palace, on the other hand, is located in Spain (Seville, Plaza de España).

Mount Etna - Image by Anna Sulencka from Pixabay
Mount Etna – Image by Anna Sulencka from Pixabay

The great Mount Etna has also been used, not for Naboo, but for the terrible and volcanic planet Mustafar (episode III) where Obi-Wan Kenobi faces his former student Anakin Skywalker, a confrontation that ends up tipping him to the dark side of the Force.

Still in Europe, one can also go and visit the misnamed planet Hoth (beginning of the episode the episode V), by surveying the Hardangerjøkulen glacier, in Norway. Or go to Switzerland to visit Alderaan, since many shots of the mountains near the town of Grindelwald (nothing to do with Harry Potter) and the Bachalpsee lake were used to represent the planet Alderaan (visible at the end of episode III, when Obi-Wan Kenobi entrusts Leïa to her adoptive parents).

Star Wars Episode III: Leia's arrival on Alderaan
Star Wars Episode III: Leia’s arrival on Alderaan

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By Nicolas Albert

Friday, May 12, 2017

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