People living in Star Wars set

Ben Arnold

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

But it's emerged that people are living in the abandoned set of the Tatooine settlement of Mon Espa from 'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace'.

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The set, which comprises 15 to 20 buildings, can be found in the desert in Oung el Jemel, 40 kms outside Tozeur in Tunisia.

Pictures taken on the set by Japanese website Rocket News 24 show washing hanging out on the porch of one of the buildings, along with a number of still intact props and large metal ducts protruding from the houses. 

The film was shot in 1999, with the set remaining unused.

Those wishing to immerse themselves in the Star Wars myth in a little more comfort, however, can stay at the Hotel Sidi Driss, also in Tunisia, which was used as the original set of Luke Skywalker's family home.

It is situated in the village of Matmâta, and was restored in 2000 and now boasts room for 145 guests and its own restaurant.