Recep Tayyip Erodgan’s opulent presidential palace has made worldwide headlines for the second time in a week after its cost of more than $600 million emerged to be twice the earlier estimate.
Erdogan pronounced the new edifice as a symbol of his “New Turkey” project, and with Turkey’s new AK Saray (Turkish for white house), the Turkish leader entered history as a member of what Bloomberg dubbed the “Big Palace Club.”
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Some opposition critics compared Erdogan’s sprawling palace to that of former Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, who was ousted and subsequently executed together with his wife before their palace was finished.
“The project of the new building is an adaptation of the palace which [Nicolae] Ceauşescu had built in Bucharest for himself, but couldn’t even reside for a single day. It is an adaptation both in regards to the project and in regards to the mentality,” the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News quoted Izzet Cetin, a leader of the opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) as saying.
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Ceauşescu’s Peoples Palace
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Saddam’s “Green Palace”
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Hitler’s Volkshalle Palace
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Mussolini’s Palazzo della Civilita
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