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World's Largest Flag Taken Down After Flagpole Wilts In Azerbaijan

The enormous flag was first raised in September.
The enormous flag was first raised in September.
BAKU -- An Azerbaijani flag recognized as the largest mounted flag in the world had to be quickly taken down on February 2 after the pole it was flying from began to sag precariously, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Residents of a nine-storey building near the 162-meter-high flagpole were evacuated because of fears the 220-ton pole could topple.

An RFE/RL correspondent reported ambulances and Emergency Ministry workers being sent to the square, though the flagpole seemed to be only slightly bent.

One resident told RFE/RL that officials warned her family that there were problems with the pole and nearby residents were told to leave their apartments.

When some residents later tried to return home they found their doors had been sealed shut.

The flag was first taken down in September, a day after it was initially raised, after it was damaged by strong winds. Officials told journalists the fabric was not strong enough, and several new flags were ordered.

The construction of the flag, the flagpoles, and the 60-hectare square where it flies began in 2007. The whole project reportedly cost approximately $24 million.

The flag itself is 35 meters wide and 70 meters long. It was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest flag on May 29, 2010.

WATCH: An Azerbaijani flag recognized as the largest mounted flag in the world had to be quickly taken down on February 2 after the flagpole could no longer keep up.
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February 03, 2011
An Azerbaijani flag recognized as the largest mounted flag in the world had to be quickly taken down on February 2 after flagpole started to lean.

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by: Fuad from: Baku
February 03, 2011 17:15
03.02.2011 Evening 17:50 flag was already back tot he flagpole. Usually they take flag down during strong wind. Official announcement said that strong wind started at 03:30 on 02.11.2011 and flagpole started to sway and after some actions it stoped at 06:30 a.m.
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by: Salmandar from: Ganjca
February 04, 2011 06:43
All reason is corruption. Corruption government can't do good thinks for people. Most of Azerbaijani lives poorly. But Azerbaijani government wants to looking very rich and strongly. It's impossible.
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by: Taxpayer from: USA
February 04, 2011 11:16
They take down what is left of the flag - usually missing around 20% of it's territory;)

And when Sultan Aliyev showed off his "largest flagpole in the world" to Russian President a piece of the flag fell right down to Medvedev's feet - that's a sign from above!

Looks like little Ilham is having a mid-life crisis - some men buy a big red track, but his dad stole enough money and power for his son to afford the biggest flagpole;)

I'm sure Ilham's wife Mexriban laughs about it when she talks to Belarus President Lukashenka during her frequent visits to Minsk.

by: Allan from: Richmond, VA
February 05, 2011 01:21
That flag is a metaphor. Aliyev and his merry band of thieves ought to take note.

by: Henri from: Canada
February 05, 2011 19:08
More eye-popping than a soviet era Stalin statue. Even bigger than the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue. Wow.
“With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you”. Maybe Genghis Khan recited his great words in Aliev's dream.

by: Surprised from: Sydney
February 14, 2011 22:36
I'm very surprised Aliyev didn't blame Armenia for the wilted flagpole.

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