Turkey plans flag-inspired island

3rd Dec 2012

An architect is planning to develop an island inspired by Turkey's national flag, complete with holiday villas, housing, hotels and leisure centres.

Metin Hepguler's proposed artificial island - in the shape of the flag's crescent moon and five-point star - will cost around 2.4 billion dollars to build, according to a report in Hurriyet Daily News.

The plans would see the island developed along the Mediterranean coast of Izmir Province in western Turkey, or in the Marmara Sea.

Hepguler, who has been working on the project for the past three years, has applied to the Turkish government for planning permission for the island after purchasing the relevant patent rights.

The architect claims the island can be built in 45 months and, according to the media report, a number of foreign investors have already expressed interest in the project.

He said he expects Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to announce the go-ahead for the project next year.

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