A dazzling destination packed to the brim with ancient monuments, Turkey straddles Asia and Europe. The country is known for a beautiful amalgamation of historic monuments, natural scenery and cultural extravaganza. Tourists from across the world head to this destination to experience its vibrant culture, famous food, and vast history. Besides, glorious landscapes and mighty mountains add to its charm. Witness Byzantine and Ottoman glories of Istanbul on a city break, relax on the beach, delve into history wandering through ruins of Ephesus, or visit Pamukkale and Cappadocia, Turkey is an attraction galore.
If you have explored the beaches, monuments and other landmarks of the country and wish to experience something unique then head to the abandoned castle village.
$200 million abandoned village
Though it looks like a diorama of miniature villas from far away, the Burj Al Babas looks like a village straight from the Disney movies. The abandoned village has several homes that look exactly the same with blue-grey steeples and Gothic fixtures. The project, which began in 2014, was marketed as a luxury housing development near the rural village of Mudurnu in the Bolu region.
The plan was to build 587 French-style chateaux homes in the area, along with entertainment facilities such as shops, cinemas, restaurants, concert and conference halls. However, the project had to be put on hold after its developers applied for bankruptcy protection. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the developer had completed 587 houses of the US$200m (€175m/£154m) project before it went bankrupt, with 350 of the chateaux sold. The villas are worth between US$400,000 (€351,000/£309,000) to US$500,000 (€439,000/£386,000) each.
The town was reportedly added to the Unesco World Heritage Tentative List in 2015. Known for its pine forests, thermal springs and historic landscape, the town includes ‘Sultan mosques’ built in the 14th-16th centuries, a Byzantine Citadel and a colourful city-centre Bazaar.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)