1,000-room palace for Turkey's President Erdogan will cost twice initial $615M pricetag

The White Palace in Ankara has 1.6m square feet of floorspace, and features thousands of trees imported from Italy at a cost of up to $10,000 each; the taxpayer-footed electricity bill from the palace will run $313K/month.

Erdogan was the architect of the violent crackdown on the Occupy Gezi protests, which filled the streets with Turks who were fed up with official corruption. He also created the nation's system of extreme Internet censorship, just as secret recordings of he and his family and cronies engaging in bribery and gross corruption to the tune of ₺100 billion began to surface.

Nevertheless, he was re-elected in August.

Speaking to the BBC, the Ankara Architecture Chamber said the latest price hike was in part due to thousands of trees which have been imported from Italy to be planted in the palace grounds.

The price of the trees was not included in the original bill, and each tree costs between £2,400 ($3,750) and £6,400 ($10,000), the chamber said.

The BBC's correspondent in Turkey Mark Lowen said the new palace is now seen as an example of the extravagance and omnipotent style of Mr Erdogan, whose AK Party has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade.

The project has also been lambasted by the political opposition, which pointed out that the monthly electricity bill alone - likely to be footed by the taxpayer - will reach £200,000 ($313,000).

The president has called the palace a "show of the country's prestige".

Turkey President Erdogan's palace costs to soar

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  1. Not sure what the tower of babel has to do with this?

  2. Wow! It's going to cost as much as the football stadium that a local town built to steal the regional team away from the big city and make the owners very happy, at the taxpayers expense!

    And yes, it totally sounds like corruption, and there's presumably lots more where that came from.

  3. I'd be happy if any of the bastards lasted for 10 minutes. frowning

  4. Clearly Erdogan is engaging in conspiracy theories... that's pretty plain. But to imagine that the Islamic world (if you can even call it that) has some sort of lock on believing nutty things, then you're willfully ignorant. We have a whole group of people right in our own back yard who believe the current president isn't an American citizen and is in fact a trojan horse of islamo-fascist-crypto-communist through hell bent on destroying America from the inside. Some of these people are in actually positions of power within the US, so it's not just some fringe nut-jobs.... And they claim the mantle of christianity.

    So when you point to a leader (who isn't entirely popular in his own country) as some sort of evidence of the inherent insanity within Islamic thought, you are indeed saying that the religion is based on paranoid conspiracies. You are ignoring the exact same phenomenon right in our own back yard. The supposedly imminent "foreign" Islamic take over, with Sharia for all, is exactly the same paranoia that Erdogan is exhibiting as Turkey's leader.

    Religion isn't necessarily the problem. The problem is how systems of power employ religion as a system of power and oppression. Religion can also be employed as a weapons against oppression.

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