While the “Star Wars” movies take place in a galaxy far, far away, they use real locations on earth to fill in for other planets.
One of the most otherworldly scenes in “The Force Awakens” was filmed on Skellig Michael, an island located six miles off the coast of Ireland.
The shoot there was shrouded in secrecy, and locals were told that the crew was filming a documentary. They were shocked to find that the new “Star Wars” movie was being filmed in their backyard.
The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a special place long before J.J. Abrams and the cast of “The Force Awakens” came along. It even hosts the ruins of an ancient monastery built sometime between the 6th and 8th centuries.
The views that the island offers are stunning — being there might just make you feel like a Jedi.
Story by Ian Phillips and editing by Ben Nigh
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