In 2014, a construction firm called Sarot Group had a vision: a development of 700 Gothic mini-castles located in Turkey. Then, according to the New York Times, when they started to build and sell them, they hit a problem–Geopolitics.

The prospective buyers of these Disney-esque Condos were wealthy oil magnates from the Middle East. Soon after construction commenced, however, crude oil prices plummeted. The entire Middle east was reeling from the Arab Spring This caused a steep decline in orders for Disney-style chateaus for the uber rich, and the abandonment of the development, which, according to the Guardian, is left now is a bunch of half built Gothic castles in the middle of nowhere in Turkey.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

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