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Erdogan Wants to Build a Seljuk Style Presidential Palace on Shores of Lake Van

Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Handout via REUTERS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to build a presidential palace in the town of Ahlat (Khlat, in Armenian) on the shores of Lake Van, '''' reports, referring to ''Hürriyet'' newspaper. 

At an event devoted to the victory at the Battle of Manzikert, Erdogan noted that Sultan Alp Arslan of the Seljuk Empire had left for the Battle of Manzikert from Ahlat, and therefore he sees a meaning in constructing a huge Seljuk style tent-palace in Ahlat, with a surface area of 1071 square meters, which will symbolize Alp Arslan’s victory at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, against Byzantium. 


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