Turkey is building its own, bigger version of the Pentagon that spans 135 million sq. ft. and will have around 15,000 personnel

Turkish President Recep Tyyip Erdogan speaks during a commemorative ceremony to mark the fifth anniversary of the failed coup at Turkey's Grand National Assembly in Ankara on July 15, 2021. His failed coup led to mass arrests and a broad political crackdown. ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images
The US Pentagon is expected to be smaller than Turkey's Crescent Star military compound.

Recep Tayyip Erdan, Turkish President, stated that the compound would "strike fear into the nation’s enemies."

The complex is expected to be complete by May 2023. It features a huge star- and crescent-shaped structure at its centre.

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Turkey started to build a huge military compound for its defense personnel, dubbed "Turkish Pentagon."

According to Nikkei Asia, Recep Tayyip Turkey, President of Turkey, said Monday that the new compound, tentatively named the Crescent Star, would "strike fear" in Turkey's enemies at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The entire complex will cover a total area of 135.6 million square feet. With an indoor area of 9.5 millions sq. According to Erdogan, the facility can accommodate up to 15,000 employees.

The Pentagon, however, has 6.5 Million Square Feet of Office Space. According to the US Defense Department, the US Capitol Building's entire floor area could fit into one of five Pentagon wedges.

Artist's impression of Turkey’s Crescent Star complex. It is designed to have a similar ring structure to the Pentagon and is also modeled after Turkey’s flag.

According to Daily Sabah, a huge, star-shaped structure will be used as the entrance and an exhibition area. A second, large crescent-shaped structure will surround an outdoor area for ceremonies.

Staff from the Turkish Army and Ministry of National Defense will use the complex, which is expected to be complete by May 2023.

Erdogan, per Nikkei, stated that he would be establishing a structure in the area which would strike fear into our enemies and give confidence to our allies.

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This ceremony was held on Victory Day's 99th Anniversary, a day that Turkey marks as one of the major battles of the war for independence it fought in the 1920s.

Erdogan is attempting to increase Turkey's military power, as a way to gain popularity ahead of the 2023 elections. The country is currently facing rising inflation, flooding, wildfires, and increasing floods. Turkey has been focusing its efforts on local production of arms, war equipment, and developing drones that can carry payloads comparable to the US Reaper drone. It also designs and constructs its warships.

Insider reached out to President Erdogan's communications office but they did not respond immediately.

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