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After the flu that made me stay away from the computer and TE these last days, here it is another pov of the ksar of Medenine, which was already the subject of one of my earlier posts.

The following lines are a transcription of the notes of that post.

This is the ksar of Medenine, a relatively important town in South Tunisia. Although now, like many others, it is largely a tourist atraction and shopping mall to tourists, in Tunisia, normally ksar refers to fortified granaries (no, they weren't usually used as homes) that were used by nomad or semi-nomad people that spent part of the year camped near them. They were fortified to be more easily protected from robbery. Some of them are located on the open country, far from any village or fixed settlement, others, like this one, are located inside villages and towns.

If it reminds you Star Wars, that isn't a surprise, as George Lucas and his team inspired themselves on these constructions to design the scenarios of Mos Espa, the planet where young Anakin Skywalker lived. Actually, many scenes of the movie saga were filmed in Tunisia.

Links: Lexicorient/Medenine, Wikipedia - Medenine, ksar, ghorfa.

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