A wealthy businessman has taken the goldfish bowl to another level after building a stunning 50-meter aquarium fence.
Mehmet Ali Gökçeoglu, businessman and engineer has built the world’s most amazing fence for his luxurious villa in Çesme, Izmir.
Eight years ago, the Turkish businessman had the eccentric idea to replace the front fence of his home. His alternative? A giant aquarium is full of various marine creatures.
The expensive fence sits just a few feet away from the shores of the Aegean Sea. Mehmet’s property has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Çesme, Turkey.
The unbelievable fence kept on attracting up to a thousand visitors a day, according to its owner. According to him:
“The villa itself is pretty impressive, but it’s not what draws so many people to this place. They come to check out the breathtaking aqua-fence.”
Building the transparent structure as Mehmet told was actually the easy part of the project.
The hard part was linking the aqua-fence to the Aegean through a 400-meter-long buried pipeline.
This allows him to changed the water continuously to keep the aquarium looking clean and its inhabitants happy.
Gökçeoglu hired a team of private divers to perform the task. He later ended up paying approximately 40,000 Turkish Lira ($21,000 or around 1M Php) to fulfill his dream.
The businessman says just seeing people line up outside his house staring at his creation makes it all worth it.
Several sea creatures that thrive inside this insane aquarium include sea bream, sea bass, mullets, eels, and octopuses.
According to several reports, there are now almost 1,000 fish living in this man-made wonder. He had the huge aquarium set up for eight years now. But up to this very day, the unique structure still draws crowds of tourists every summer.
The owner set up a surveillance network of 17 cameras with facial recognition system. This protects his fragile fence to people who come too close or steal some fish.
Visitors can look, take photos and record videos, but getting too close will probably set off some kind of alarm.
So if you’re ever in Çesme, be sure to stop by Mehmet’s place and check out his aqua-fence. I’m pretty sure it’s the only one of its kind in the whole world.