Tataouine

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Tataouine
Ksar Ouled Soltane, near the ceety o Tataouine
Tataouine is located in Tunisia
Tataouine
Tataouine
Location in Tunisie
Coordinates: 32°25′32″N 10°10′29″E / 32.42556°N 10.17472°E / 32.42556; 10.17472
Kintra Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisie
Govrenorate Tataouine Govrenorate
Population (2004)
 • Total 129,346
 • Religions Islam
Time zone CET (UTC1)

Tataouine (frae Berber leid Tittawin, litterally meanin eyes, wi the figurative meanin o water springs (see Moroccan ceety o Tetouan) Arabic: تطاوين‎; an aa transliteratit as Tatooine, Tatahouine, Tatahouïne, Taţāwīn or Tatawin, as well as Fum Taţāwīn, Fumm Tattauin, Foum Tatahouine, Fum Tatawin, or Foum Tataouine) is a ceety locatit in soothren Tunisie at 32°55′32″N 10°26′39″E / 32.92556°N 10.44417°E / 32.92556; 10.44417. It is the caipital o the Tataouine Govrenorate. The below grund, "cave dwellins" o the native Berber population, designed for coolness an protection, render the ceety an the aurie aroond it a tourist an film makers attraction.

The district is famous for its ksour (fortified Berber granaries) includin the picturesque Ksar Ouled Soltane, Chenini an Douiret. These abandoned settlements feature bonnie vaultit adobe buildings, or ghorfas.

On Juin 27, 1931, a meteorite o the rare achondrite type impactit at Tataouine; aboot 12 kg o fragments wur foond. The mineral o this meteorite wis named Diogenite.

Tataouine's name became famous when George Lucas, who filmed the oreeginal Star Wars film in various locations o Tunisie (for example, the Lars Homestead, filmed at the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata), named Luke Skywalker's fictional hame planet Tatooine.

Tataouine appeared in the end o the movie The X-Files as Foum Tataouine, whaur an extraterrestrial viral experiment facility wis held.

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