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

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 "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
Panmunjeom 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)