Ksar Haddada

This is another ksar near Tataouine. However, this one is special -- it is where scenes from Star Wars Episode I were filmed.

Entrance to Ksar Hedada

It is very obvious that this is the place where some scenes from Star Wars, Episode I, were filmed.

Entrance to Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

However, once inside, the actual film locations were very hard to find.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Like the other ksour, there were many ghorfas. However, these wern't just along the outside wall with an empty square in the middle. They were also many of them inside the square, turning the ksar into a small walled city.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Many parts were just ruins.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Other parts were being re-restored. This ksar had been turned into a hotel, which closed, and is now being restored to become a hotel again. One wonders whether there are enough tourists visiting the country to support so many new hotel developments.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

After some searching, the filming location was found. This is where the scene where Qui-Gon Jinn was talking to Shmi (Anakin's mother) was filmed. It was especially hard to find, because they've boarded up the archways and added a new arch with the two lamps on it. Don't they realise how significant this place is?

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

The camera to film the previous scene would have been placed under this archway, where the stone bar counter is now.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

This is the same location from a different angle. This is the location where Qui-Gon Jinn stands to talk with Obi-Wan through the com-link.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Another angle of the location, looking out over the countryside outside the Ksar.

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

Ksar Hedada

The mandatory gift shop on the way out. Next: we've had our fill of ksour, so it's on to see some abandoned Berber villages.

Ksar Hedada

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