Sahara Desert about to cover Star Wars Tatooine set

News Simon Brew
21 Oct 2013 - 06:47

The Tunisian set of Mos Espa, used by George Lucas in the Star Wars prequels, doesn't have too long left...

Back when he was making Star Wars, George Lucas opted to build the world of Tatooine in Tunisia, in the midst of the Sahara Desert. Once filming was completed, the set that comprised the town of Mos Espa was left behind, where it's become a regularly visited tourist attraction. However, CNN is reporting that Mos Espa - and Tatooine - is on the verge of disappearing into the desert forever.

The set features 20 buildings, and was used for The Phantom Menace and Attack Of The Clones. It's been left standing for over ten years since if was last used by Lucas, but has been left vulnerable due to being surrounded by sand dunes. CNN reports that those dunes are moving at a rate of 4cm a day, and as such, the set is soon going to be lost. Of more pressing concern to the area is that the daily procession of tourists is likely to be lost with it.

You can read the full piece at CNN at the link at the bottom of the page, and if you were planning on making Mos Espa a holiday destination, it's best to move sooner rather than later.

As an aside, it can't just be us thinking that some archaeologist in 500 years' time or something is going to have their mind just a little bit blown trying to explain their latest find...


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