Erdoğan’s new presidential palace to be built in ancient eastern city of Ahlat
A new presidential palace is to be constructed for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the ancient town of Ahlat in Turkey’s eastern province of Bitlis, Sözcü daily reported.
The municipality of Ahlat, famous region for its stone work and graveyards, has offered 10,000 square meters of land adjacent to Turkey's largest lake, Lake Van for the palace, it said.
The news follows a statement by Erdoğan in August that he would be building a presidential palace in the ancient city where Sultan Alp Arslan, the second Sultan of the Seljuk Empire, ‘’once established his pavillion.’’
‘’We will begin construction on the day or esteemed President orders us to. We have no problem regarding time. We will begin construction on the first day the project is approved and complete [the structure] in a short period of time,’’ Sözcü quoted Ahlat Mayor Abdulalim Mümtaz Çoban as saying.
The Turkish president’s main palace is located on the outskirts of Ankara. The 1150-room imposing structure was constructed on protected land amid environmental concerns and court orders.
Ahlat's Seljuk-era graveyards are currently a candidate for World Heritage Site.