Ten Star Wars landscapes and where to find them.
Honouring the release of the newest Star Wars film, we’ve put together a list of 10 landscapes used to shoot the first six films.
Friends, Jedi, countrymen, lend me your ears. The day has finally come when we gather our loved ones together to praise the man who brought a message of joy to millions: George Lucas. Star Wars is back for good. The Force Awakens has finally hit cinemas after London’s premiere in Leicester Square on Wednesday, to which some of us more midichlorian-rich mortals were lucky enough to attend. For the next six years Disney and Lucasfilm will unleash one new Star Wars film every twelve months – hallelujah! In honour of the resurrection of Star Wars mania and all things galactic, we’ve put together a list of 15 of the landscapes used to shoot the first six films. May the force be with you.
Inside the Lars homestead in sandy Tatooine.
The interior scenes of the Lars homestead were shot in the famous Hotel Sidi Driss, a traditional Berber building. The hotel remains open to visitors and offers dinners in the original Lars family dining room, designed for Episode IV: A New Hope and redesigned for Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Matmata is 40 km away from the oasis town of Gabès, in southern Tunisia.Inside the Lars homestead in sandy Tatooine. : C
Outside the Lars homestead.
The Lars homestead scenes from the entire saga were filmed in Tunisia, North Africa. The domed Lars homestead, where Luke Skywalker grows up, was left to decay after filming finished on the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1976. The crater remained unchanged over the years and helped pinpoint the exact site location for a new dome construction on Attack of the Clones in 2000.Outside the Lars homestead. : C
The remains of the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, served as the setting for the Rebel base on Yavin 4 in Episode IV: A New Hope. To relive the famous scene shot here, climb to the top of Temple IV and look east, where the other three temples in the film are. However, the scenes inside Yavin 4 were shot in a studio.Yavin 4: T
Although the scenery was edited to create the city of Theed in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Plaza de España in Seville is still recognisable both on screen and in real life. In real life the plaza is a semicircle, but the production team edited it to form a complete circle. Those who visit Plaza de España should go to the fourth bridge on the left, which represents the Kingdom of Navarra, where much of the action takes place in the movie.Theed, Naboo: p
Anakin and Amidala's wedding in Naboo.
One of the most romantic scenes in the saga, Anakin and Padme Amidala’s secret wedding, was shot in Villa del Balbianello in Lake Como, northern Italy. It served as a spectacular location for the wedding, with lush creepers clambering up the pillars and façade, and terraced gardens. On the western bank of the lake, is a meadow between Tremezzo and Griante, where Padme Amidala and Anakin went on a picnic.
The icy planet Hoth.
Hardanger Glacier in Finse (Norway), was elected to represent the ice planet Hoth, located in the Outer Rim, in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the scenes were recorded on the glacier plateau, although some had to be improvised because of the weather. In fact, a heavy snowstorm fell on Norway when the team was filming, leaving a thick layer of snow in front of their hotel. The scenes in which we see Luke wandering in the snow after escaping from the cave where the carnivorous, white-furred wampa were, were recorded from inside the hotel.
For Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the production team returned to Italy, this time to Sicily, where several scenes of the eruption of Etna were recorded to use as background images in the fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin in the volcanic planet Mustafar. Because of his injuries, Anakin had to start wearing the characteristic dark armour of Darth Vader.Mustafar planet.: e
The Forest Moon of Endor, land of the Ewoks.
Endor was a small forested moon located in the Outer Rim Territories and the homeworld of the Ewok species. The scenes in the forests of Endor were recorded in Redwood National Park, United States. Many parts of the park served as backdrops to the shooting, although no one knows for certain which exact areas of the park were used. It’s rumoured that Tall Trees Grove and Avenue of Giants could be two of the locations used.The Forest Moon of Endor, land of the Ewoks.: R
Queen Amidala's palace.
The historic palace of Caserta in the south of Italy was used to record scenes from inside the residence of Queen Amidala in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the same palace was inhabited by her successor, Queen Jamillia.Queen Amidala's palace. : V
The ancient and magnificent forest of Whippendell Woods was selected for shooting various scenes for Episode I: The Phantom Menace, partly due to its proximity to Leavesden Studios near Watford (UK), where most of the scenes in Episode I were recorded. The forest hosts the first meeting between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks, and also sets the scene for the sacred refuge of the Gungan.Naboo forest. : W