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Inside Erdogan’s palace: The £500 million mansion Turkey’s president calls home

Inside Erdogan's palace: The £500 million mansion Turkey's president calls home
The palace was finished in 2014 (Picture: Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

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.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 07 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and his wife Emine Erdogan (R) wave before departing for Warsaw to attend NATO 2016 Warsaw Summit, at the Ataturk International Airport, in Istanbul, Turkey on July 07, 2016. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The president and his wife (Picture: Getty)

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.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt." (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)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:

ANKARA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28: A general view of the foyer area of Turkey's new Presidential Palace, built inside Ataturk Forest Farm and going to be used for Turkey's 91st Republic Day Reception which is going to be hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdogan on October 29, in Ankara, Turkey on October 28, 2014. (Photo by Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The foyer, where there are trees indoors (Picture: Getty)
ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 05: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Center R) and his wife Emine Erdogan (Center R-2) host a dinner in honor of New Zealand's Governor-General Jerry Mateparae (Center L) and his wife Janine Mateparae (Center R-3) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey on August 05, 2015. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
One of the dining rooms, where the presidential couple enjoy entertaining (Picture: Getty)
ANKARA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28: Workers are seen inside the Turkey's new Presidential Palace, built inside Ataturk Forest Farm and going to be used for Turkey's 91st Republic Day Reception which is going to be hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan on October 29, in Ankara, Turkey on October 28, 2014. (Photo by Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The doors alone were said to cost £5 million (Picture: Getty)

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.

lutfiabuaun 1.jpgHeartbreaking 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.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 18: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Yildiz Palace State apartments during her visit in Istanbul, Turkey on October 18, 2015. (Photo by Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
He also has use of the Yildiz Palace in Istanbul, where he hosted Angela Merkel (Picture: Getty)
Erdogan's palace
And the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul (Picture: WIkipedia)
ANKARA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28: A general view of the foyer area of Turkey's new Presidential Palace, built inside Ataturk Forest Farm and going to be used for Turkey's 91st Republic Day Reception which is going to be hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdogan on October 29, in Ankara, Turkey on October 28, 2014. (Photo by Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The ‘White Palace’ was built in 2014 as those weren’t enough apparently (Picture: Getty)
ANKARA, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 03: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (L) attend a meeting after a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey on February 3, 2015. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
One of its opulent hallways (Picture: Getty)

MORE: Woman takes Tinder match to Turkey, gets caught up in military coupDespite 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.

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