Dushanbe Flagpole

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Dushanbe Flagpole
View from the Dushanbe flagpole.jpg
View from the top of the flagpole, September 2011.
Record height
Tallest in the world since 2011[I]
Preceded by National Flagpole
General information
Location Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Height 165 m (541 ft)

The Dushanbe Flagpole is a flagpole located in front of the Palace of Nations in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It is the second tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, after the newly erected (170m) pole in Jeddah, at a height of 165 metres (541 feet),[1][2] beating the 162 m (531 ft) National Flagpole in Azerbaijan, the 160 m (525 ft) Panmunjeom Flagpole of Kijŏng-dong in North Korea, and the 133 m (436 ft) Ashgabat Flagpole in Turkmenistan.[3] The flagpole flies a 30 m × 60 m (98 ft × 197 ft) Flag of Tajikistan weighing 700 kilograms (1,540 pounds).[4]

Dushanbe flagpole from the ground.jpg

Construction[edit]

The flagpole consists of 12-metre sections of steel tube fitted together by crane.[5] It was constructed and erected by Trident Support, based in San Diego. The company was also responsible for Azerbaijan's National Flagpole.

The design phase for the flagpole began in July 2009. Fabrication of the pole sections was completed in Dubai in October 2010. The sections were then shipped to Dushanbe, where construction of the flagpole began on November 24, 2010, Tajikistan's National Flag Day.[6] The final assembly and erection took place during April and May 2011, with the first test flight of the flag of Tajikistan taking place on May 24, 2011.[7]

The flagpole cost $3.5 million and was part of the $210 million spent on projects celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan's Independence.[8]


Records
Preceded by
Baku Flagpole
World's tallest flagpole
May 2011 - September 2014
Succeeded by
Jeddah Flagpole

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wer baut den hoechsten Fahnenmast". Asia Plus. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tallest unsupported flagpole". Guinness World Records. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - 133 Meters Tall". 1 September 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tajikistan shows off world's tallest flagpole". Reuters. August 31, 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Parfitt, Tom (24 November 2010). "Tajikistan aims to capture tallest flagpole record". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dushanbe's flagpole enters Guinness Book of Records". 1 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Our Projects: Dushanbe, Tajikistan - 165 Meters Tall". Trident Support. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tajiks splash out $210 million on independence pomp". 9 September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 

Coordinates: 38°34′44″N 68°46′48″E / 38.5790°N 68.7801°E / 38.5790; 68.7801