Abandoned Turkish Chateaux – Drone footage reveals unfinished luxury housing development

Drone footage shows hundreds of chateaux which have been abandoned at the Burj Al Babas luxury housing development in central Turkey after its developer filed for bankruptcy. The complex has debts of $27 million. The development is located approximately halfway between Turkey’s largest city Istanbul and its capital Ankara

Work began in 2014 and was supposed to contain 732 identical mini chateaux when work finished, but as the drone footage shows, hundreds of houses have been left in various states of completion since the dramatic collapse of the Turkish economy led to developer Sarot Group to file for bankruptcy in November. 587 houses completed before bankruptcy.

Each of the houses are identical and buyers could customise the internal layout. All houses were three storeys tall with a round corner turret and a square tower above their entrances.

They are closely arranged on 324-square-metre plots on a rural site near the town of Mudurnu, as can be seen in the footage.

At the centre of the development a large classical domed building – also under construction and would be used as a communal centre containing cinemas, restaurants, shops, conference halls, meeting rooms and a nursery.

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