Monday, 11 April 2011

Baku State Flag Square - The Flag is Torn and Removed Again

Not for the first time, the largest Azerbaijani Flag, which flies at the Baku State Flag Square has needed to be removed.

The reasons for its removal are unclear, it is believed though that the flag was torn in recent high winds. This is the fourth occasion the flag has had to be removed. On one occasion, local residents had to be removed, when the flagpole itself also started to move.

To date the square has cost the Azerbaijani people and government some $35Million. The whole issue is unsettling for Azerbaijani's who place a lot of emphasis on their state flag.

Background to the Azerbaijani State Flag Square
On 17th November 2007, Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a directive which promised the creation of the State Flag Square in Naku. On 30th December, 2007 Aliyev laid the foundation stone for the square. The square is in the Naval Base in the Bayil area of the Azerbaijani state capital Baku.

The State Flag Square dimensions are – The flagpole is 162 metres in height, this is the highest flagpole in the world, this has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

 the flag itself is 35 X 70 metres in dimension with an area of 2,450 square metres. The entire structure weighs in at an astonishing 220 tons, the flag itself weighs 350 kilogrammes.
The official state opening of State Flag Square took place on 1st September, 2010. The flag is an important symbol in Azerbaijan and reflects the freedom and independence of the Azerbaijani nation.

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