Tuesday, June 25th 2019, 3:41 pm - The Burj al Babas is an abandoned housing development consisting of hundreds of Disney-style castles in Mudurnu, Turkey.
The site was intended to be a luxury neighborhood that included a hotel and a shopping mall. Some of the 732 available homes were purchased by wealthy foreign buyers for $400,000 and $500,000 U.S. dollars.
General view of the construction site of Burj al-Babas, a house compound with castle type design, is seen near Mudurnu a town in Bolu province, Turkey January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Delays in obtaining permits pushed up building costs, and work on the $200-million project was put on hold in 2018.
The rows of unfinished castles remain untouched in Turkey's northwestern mountains.
Some buyers have filed lawsuits against the developers, who filed for bankruptcy. They were granted a reprieve in February 2019, when creditors voted to allow the cash-strapped company to complete work on the project.