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Prinkipo Orphanage

This rickety wooden building, practically on the verge of collapse, is the largest wooden building in Europe and the second largest in the world. It stands on top of a small hill on Büyükada—a tiny island off the coast of Istanbul.

The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage, also known as the Rum Orphanage, was originally conceived to be a luxury hotel and a casino. But when it couldn’t obtain a permit, the building was turned into an orphanage. It operated for sixty years taking care of Greek Orthodox orphans. Once this establishment closed the building fell into neglect, and after half a century of being exposed to the elements, the 20,000-square meter structure is now in a state of heavy disrepair.


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