There's a $200 million abandoned village of Disney-like castles in Turkey. Take a look inside.
- The Burj Al Babas in Turkey was designed a a luxury community for foreign buyers.
- As Turkey experiences an economic downturn, the project's developers have filed for bankruptcy protection and buyers have fallen through on their sales.
- The nation's castle-like homes now sit empty in the northwestern region.
From far away, the Burj Al Babas could be confused for a diorama of miniature villas. The homes all look the same, their blue-grey steeples and Gothic fixtures calling to mind the castles in Disney films.
When the project first began in 2014, its developer, the Sarot Group, hoped the luxury aesthetic would appeal to wealthy foreign buyers. Now its homes sit empty at the base of Turkey's northwestern mountains.Read more: The eeriest abandoned place in every state
Though there's still money left in its $200 million budget, the Sarot Group has already sought bankruptcy protection after buyers failed to come up with the money for the properties.
The problem isn't unique to Turkey. Around the world, cities like New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, and Burgos, Spain, are riddled with abandoned properties. But none are quite as eerie as the Burj Al Babas' empty villas, which stand as symbols of the nation's economic plight.
Take a look at the ghostly spectacle below.