Abandoned millionaires ghost town full of empty mini Disney fairytale castles

This luxury housing development looks just like something you would expect to see in Disney fairytale.

But despite being dominated by hundreds of castle-esque villas, the £145million development is now an abandoned ghost town.

None of the fantastical 530 chateau properties built so far have ever been lived in – and only tourists interested in ghost towns actually visit.

Burj Al Babas in Turkey – about 150 miles south east of capital Istanbul – was billed as an idyllic retreat for the Middle East's wealthy elite, with 732 castle-inspired villas planned across the picturesque valley.

Each luxury villa was to include underfloor heating and jacuzzis on every level, while an indoor pool was optional.

The complex was also to feature a lavish shopping mall inspired by the US Capitol, with lush gardens and ponds – aimed at creating a truly fairytale landscape.

Construction work began in 2014 with a workforce of more than 2,500 people.

However, it was never fully finished, leading it to become one of the world's largest – yet beautiful – ghost towns.

And some of the stunning properties at the site, which is famed for its hot springs, have already started to deteriorate.

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The chateau village, which was backed by the Turkish government, was developed by construction company Sarot Property Group, but, even though it sold about half of the unique properties for between £290,000 and £362,000, disaster struck.

Plummeting oil prices severely hampered pick up with its target market in the Middle East, while Turkey's economy collapsed.

When sales dried up, Sarot couldn't afford to pay off its loans. As a result, the company filed for bankruptcy and building work ground to a halt in 2018 – halfway through completion.

Despite the major setbacks, Sarot hopes to eventually deliver the paradise it once promised its wealthy clients.

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“We only need to sell 100 villas to pay off our debt,” Mezher Yerdelen, deputy chair of the Sarot Property Group, said in 2018. “I believe we can get over this crisis in four to five months and partially inaugurate the project in 2019.”

But the Covid pandemic has further added to the business's woes – meaning no progress has been made on the development.

The resort remains incomplete and uninhabited to this day.

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