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Photos: Rows of abandoned Disney-style castles in Turkey

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.

REUTERS - disney castles - burj al babax 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

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Delays in obtaining permits pushed up building costs, and work on the $200-million project was put on hold in 2018.

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The rows of unfinished castles remain untouched in Turkey's northwestern mountains.

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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.


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