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On the coldest day of this Winter, I don't resist posting this souvenir of much hotter days (maybe 40 deg. C at 10am...).

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.

The original was quite pale and over exp and there were lots of electricty posts and cables, so I had to spend some time with PP, cloning, selecting the sky to apply diferent color balance and saturation and so on. I posted the original as a WS.

More recently I posted another pov of this view.

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

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