National Flag Square

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National Flag Square
Dövlət Bayrağı Meydanı
National Flag Square e-citizen.jpg
Type Square
Maintained by Mayoralty of Baku
Area 60 hectares (150 acres)
Location Baku, Azerbaijan

National Flag Square (Azerbaijani: Dövlət Bayrağı Meydanı) is a large city square off Neftchiler Avenue in Bayil, Baku, Azerbaijan. A flag measuring 70 by 35 metres (230 by 115 feet) flies on a pole 162 m (531 ft) high. The flagpole was confirmed as the world's tallest by the Guinness Book of Records, but was soon overtaken by the 165 m Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan.[1][2] Both flagpoles were built by the same American designer, David Chambers.[3]

National Flag Square covers 60 hectares (150 acres) overall. The area of the upper part[further explanation needed] is 3 hectares (7.4 acres). The square features[further explanation needed] the state symbols of Azerbaijan—the coat of arms and the anthem—and a map of the country.[4]

History[edit]

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation stone for National Flag Square near the naval base in Baku's Bayil settlement on 30 December 2007.[5] The project was developed by the US firm, Trident Support, and executed by Azerbaijan’s Azenko company.[2]

The opening of the National Flag Square took place on 1 September 2010. At the President's initiative, the National Flag Museum was also established and 9 November was declared the National Flag Day.[6][7]

In 2011, it was announced that Baku Boulevard will be extended to the National Flag Square before the beginning of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[8]

National Flag Square is located in Baku, Azerbaijan
National Flag Square
National Flag Square
Location of National Flag Square

Damage[edit]

The original flag suffered almost immediate damage due to the strong prevailing winds, splitting it into two. When it was replaced with another flag, it also ripped into two, the winds wreaking even greater damage against this one than the first.[2]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abbasov, Rafael (29 May 2010). "Tallest unsupported flagpole". Guinness World Record. Retrieved 29 May 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Azerbaijan: Baku welcomes the world's highest flag… and a strong wind". Globalvoicesonline. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Interview with David Chambers on News.az
  4. ^ Azerbaijani National Flag Square. Opening Ceremony.
  5. ^ "Azerbaijani flag flies on world's tallest flagpole". news.az. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Azerbaijan celebrates National Flag Day". today.az. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Azerbaijan marks Day of National Flag for the first time". Ictimai TV. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "National park to be extended until Eurovision song contest". news.az. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 

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Records
Preceded by
Ashgabat Flagpole
World's tallest flagpole
September 2010 - May 2011
Succeeded by
Dushanbe Flagpole


Coordinates: 40°20′39″N 49°50′41″E / 40.34417°N 49.84472°E / 40.34417; 49.84472 (National Flag Square Flagpole)