Tower of David 2.0

Video: The World’s Tallest Slum

Rare look at Caracas's illegal ghetto in the sky

UPDATE: The Tower of David plays a starring role in Homeland this seasonin which ginger-jihadi fugitive Nicolas Brody uses the infamous Caracus slumskraper as a hide out. Check out the real-life tower here. 

Welcome to the world’s tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela’s Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they’ve been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower’s namesake, David Brillembourg.

Today, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, the tower is a stark monument to what could have been in the country’s crime-plagued capital. The tower is dogged by accusations of being a hotbed of crime, drugs and corruption. But to residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives there, it’s just home.

Watch as Vocativ climbs the tower and gains rare access to residents’ daily lives inside this unique and sinister establishment.

It is an experience not to be missed.


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  • what an ignorant view on Venezuela. I mean what a rich white persons view on venezuela. whoever produced this segmen needs to wake up.plastic surgery, ghetto, bad banks.way to generalize.

  • “De muchos barrios” Do not means “A lot of slums” it means a lot of neighborhoods or districts.

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    • *Doens’t 

    • In Caracas they use the word ‘barrios’ like the word ‘favelas’ in Brazil. Neighborhoods are known as ‘urbanizaciones’. Dude.

  • Pretty superficial video clip
    The NewYorker had a much more informative and provocative piece on the tower a couple of years ago.
    Very much an organized crime system that maintains and runs the community.

  • Awesome video. Incredible to see these people living like that right in the heart of the city.

  • Hi

    I liked this report a lot better than the Vice video about policing Caracas but there should have been more background about the housing crisis in the city. Keep up the good work guys.

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