It covers 1.6 square miles, cost more than £500 million, has 1,100 rooms and silk wallpaper priced as high as £2,000 a roll.
The opulence of Turkey’s newest presidential palace sits at odds with the reality of life for millions of the people in the country, where refugees have spilled over the border from Syria and hundreds have been killed in terror attacks and political violence.
But according to President Recep Erdogan, the huge mansion, built in 2014, was necessary to show his country’s place on the world stage.
Known as the ‘White Palace’, it has always been controversial as it was built on protected forest land in defiance of a court order.
It became the official resident of the president, along with his wife Emine Erdogan, who famously enjoys the high life, dropping tens of thousands of pounds on shopping trips in Europe and spending £1,500 on a kilogram of tea.
Turkey sacks 8,000 police officers after attempted coupMrs Erdogan once closed an entire shopping mall in Brussels so she would not be disturbed by others as she browsed the designer wares on show, and is said to have splurged £37,000 in just one trip to an antiques bazaar in Poland.
She has plenty of space in the ‘White Palace’ to furnish, which looks like this:
Carpeting for the building cost more than £7 million, reports the Daily Mail.
According to one estimate, 400 extra large double doors standing more than 3 metres high cost more than £5 million in total.
Heartbreaking photo shows boy crying on father’s coffin following Turkey protestsPretty fancy – and added to that, Erdogan has another two palaces in Turkey to take his pick from.
During last week’s failed military coup, the White Palace was bombed although the extent of any damage is not yet known.
When it was built, workers included a bunker underneath in case the structure came under attack.
Despite the obvious opulence of the mansion, Mrs Erdogan claims to live a pious and frugal lifestyle, making her own vinegar from apple peelings.
Her husband’s net worth is estimated at more than £139m, built up from investments in property and the stock market.
In the country as a whole, two out of every three children live in poverty according to European standards, a report by Bahcesehir University’s Centre for Economic and Social Research found.