Have you ever wondered what your favourite movie set looks like in real life?
There are so many extraordinary filming locations around the world, from beaches and cities to ancient wonders and more. Here are some of the most popular ones to add to your bucket list!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
This was the third film in the Indiana Jones trilogy and was filmed all over the world, including Utah and Italy. But, arguably the most famous location is the city of Petra in Jordan, also one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Only accessible by foot, horse or camel, make your way through almost a mile of the dark and twisting Siq canyon before reaching the famous Al-Khazneh temple, also known as The Treasury.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Originally a book set during WWII, brought to the screen in 2001 after being filmed in its authentic location of Kefalonia. Although many different areas were used across the Greek island, perhaps the most memorable setting was Myrtos Beach, which is just as beautiful in real life as it is in photos.
Lord of the Rings
Rotorua, more famously known in the films as Hobbiton, is located not far from Auckland on a family-run farm in the Waikato region of New Zealand. It was chosen as the perfect movie setting as it looked “like a slice of ancient England”. If you want to experience Middle-Earth, you’ll need to book onto a tour – these run daily but are very popular so it’s best to book in advance.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Part of Cambodia’s iconic UNESCO world heritage site, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm temple was made famous when viewers of the popular film were intrigued by its mysterious vines and wanted to see it for themselves. Filming at the site cost $10,000 per day and took place over two weeks, with the money going towards repairing and preserving the temples. Make sure you allow at least three hours to explore this fascinating complex.
Star Wars: A New Hope
The ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, in the El Petén department of Guatemala, are used as Rebel base Yavin 4. A must for any fan, climb to the Rebel soldier’s vantage point on Temple IV and you’ll be able to see the familiar view of Temples I, II, and III as featured in the film for the shot where a Rebel oversees the Millennium Falcon landing on Yavin.
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