WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The luxurious ‘Burj Al Babas’ mini-castle village in Turkey has remained lifeless.
- The site is now considered as one of the largest ghost towns worldwide.
- The $200 million construction project was halted due to political and economic turmoils that hit Turkey.
A promising, luxurious village made of mini-castles in Turkey that once awed people across the globe is now left in vain.
The Yerdelen brothers ━ the Turkish real estate moguls ━ began developing the $200 million project called Burj in the town of Mudumu near the Black Sea in 2014, per the New York Times.
According to the news outlet, the project planned to build over 700 mini castles and astonishing sites with the goal of luring tourists from neighboring countries.
As the construction kick started, the country took major blows which include a political chaos, economic turmoil and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Times reported.
Over the years, Turkey’s economy plunged as clients and investors started withdrawing their money. The real estate firm had no other choice but to declare bankruptcy and discontinue the development.
Per Insider, Burj Al Babas has now become one of the biggest ghost towns worldwide, but continues to attract tourists due to its marvelous sighting.
The Times reported that the Yerdelen brothers had partnered with Bülent Yılmaz and launched the development company called The Sarot Group. The group intentionally picked the location since the site was famous for its hot springs and healing waters.
The project was set to be completed within four years, as the group brought over 2,500 workers to do the construction. Per the Times, every castle would have under-floor heating and Jacuzzis on every floor, with designs for ‘flying buttresses, pointed arches and ribbed vaulting.’
The outlet also reported that the mini castles were expected to go on sale for as low as $370,000 to as high as $500,000, based on the size (around 250 acres) and location of the site.
About 350 castles were immediately sold, and by 2018, the construction’s stage was already halfway. Then after that, Turkey suffered succeeding political and economic problems in recent years. On top of that, the nation was also not spared from the snare of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking with the Times in March 2019, Mezher Yerdelen said that their sales had “dried up.”
The abandoned villas, which looked like Disney-themed castles, remain empty-handed and left only with construction materials. With minimalist colors and Gothic fixtures, the mini castles still remained a beauty in paradise at present.