Turkey’s $200 million ghost town of castles — Burj Al Babas

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(CNN) – Illustrate the scene: Rows of identical, majestic turret buildings, surrounded by rolling hills and woodland.

No, this is not the beginning of the latest Disney movie – it’s even more bizarre: all these Gothic-style buildings have fallen into disrepair, creating a supernatural, abandoned haunted town.

Burj Al Babas is a $ 200 million housing development located near Mudurun in northwestern Turkey, almost in the middle between Istanbul and Ankara.

Hundreds of castle-style villas were left in the middle of construction when developers, the Sarot Property Group, ran into financial difficulties due to the recession in 2018, the AFP news agency reported.

Abandoned palaces

The Burj Al Babas initially began development in 2014, with chateaus selling for $ 400,000- $ 500,000. The idea was that assets would be snatched away by wealthy Gulf investors.

Some were sold, but many investors have since withdrawn.

“Some sales had to be canceled,” Major Yardalen, Sarot’s deputy chairman, told AFP.

The developers stipulated that no alterations would be allowed for the exterior construction – which explains the similar nature of each property.

There were also plans to build shopping centers, Turkish baths, cinemas and sports facilities.

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