Erdogan Unveils Turkey’s New Presidential Palace!
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara.
Erdogan hosted his first official event at the new palace, a ceremony congratulating dignitaries on the annual Republic Day marking the foundation of modern Turkey in 1923 out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.
The complex, located in the Bestepe (Five Hills) area, has become known as the Ak Saray — the White Palace.
The immense project — built at a reported cost of $350 million (275 million euros) — has an area of 200,000 square metres (21,50,000 square feet), 1,000 rooms and architecture that is supposed to marry modernism and the traditions of the mediaeval Seljuk dynasty.
However, Erdogan cancelled an evening reception at the palace because of a mining disaster in the southern province of Karaman that has left 18 miners trapped.
“It would not be appropriate to hold this reception at such a time,” Erdogan told reporters inside the palace, before heading to the scene of the disaster.
The new presidential palace in Ankara prior to its inauguration by the Turkish president on October. Invitations for the reception had been sent out to 2,500 couples.
The palace will become the new home of the Turkish presidency, marking an historic break with the Cankaya presidential palace in downtown Ankara.
Cankaya has been the seat of the Turkish president since the modern republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk became president and for many has been a symbol of Turkey’s modern history as a progressive secular state.