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People living in Star Wars sets, fans repaired Tatooine igloo

While Star Wars fans may dream of a future where they can board a spacecraft and travel to galaxies far, far away, it turns out that you can actually board an aircraft and travel to the set of a galaxy far, far away.

It's the kind of thing that only exists in the fever dreams of the most ardent 'Star Wars' fans.

Four of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in southern Tunisia and many of the sets and landscapes are still preserved today.

And for some years now, Tatooine has been inhabited by not some creatures form another galaxy, but some locals. People are still living in the abandoned set of the Tatooine settlement of Mos Espa from 'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace'.

In The Phantom Menace, Mos Espa was a spaceport on Tatooine and the home of the young Anakin Skywalker while he was still racing pods. Many scenes taking place in the city were shot in the middle of the desert in a region called Oung el Jemel in Tunisia.

The set is still in good condition and is composed of 15-20 buildings, though some are only facades. While there is absolutely nothing around the set, it is surprising to find that some people had actually set up residence in some of the buildings. One person is even selling souvenirs day by day.

In addition to Mos Espa, there are many other Star Wars set pieces scattered around Tunisia. In Tatouine, the town where George Lucas got the inspiration for his fictional planet’s name, you can find some of the background for the slave quarters shots in Episode 1.

Travel to Medenine and you can find Anakin Skywalker’s home and in Matmata you can actually walk around and sleep in Luke Skywalker’s home.

Meanwhile, a small group of "Star Wars" fans felt more kindly about the home of Luke Skywalker - striking domed home known as the Lars Homestead - so much so that they recently collected more than $11,000 through a Facebook page and spent four days working with locals in broiling temperatures to repair it.

It had been left to decay in the broiling temperatures of the Tunisian desert since filming of the original "Star Wars" ended in 1976.

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