Ksar Ouled Soltane – Ancient Granary in Tunisia

Ksar Ouled Soltane

The ancient granary Ksar Ouled Soltane lies in the southern province of Tataouine. Built by the Berbers in the 15th century, Ksar Ouled Soltane is very well preserved mud-faced fortified granary or ghorfa. The use of multi-level granaries in this region were significant for food storage.

Ksar Ouled Soltane is spread over two courtyards. The outdoor staircases and the various levels of the ghorfa makes this the perfect site to explore. Its construction and color perfectly blends with the colors of the hillside. The windswept building is located in a relatively secluded place. In the past it served both as protection and as cool shelter from the scourging heat in the Sahara Desert.

Star Wars Film Location

The sun-bleached walls, the winding staircases, the multiple floors and the sands surrounding it all seemed to be the perfect settings of a science-fiction movie. This is exactly what put Ksar Ouled Soltane on the map for travelers from all around the world to visit. These incredible buildings appear to belong to another world which inspired George Lukas when he was filming Star Wars. Ksar Ouled Solatne was used in Star Wars as the slave quarters in the Phantom Menace and the place were Anakin and his mother lived.

Ksar Ouled Soltane
Ksar Ouled Soltane

Ksar Ouled Soltane also offers excellent photo opportunities especially at sunset with the shifting colors on the buildings.

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