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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monumental Flagpoles of the World

New Delhi's highest Monumental Flagpole hoisted by the Flag Foundation of India at Connaught Place.

 The largest National Flag in the country at the Central Park in Connaught Place in New Delhi. 

  President of the Flag Foundation of India, hoisted the largest flag in the country and highest flagpole in New Delhi, measuring 207 ft. in height, at Central Park in Connaught Place on 7 March 2014. The monumental flag measures 60 ft. in width and 90 ft. in length and weighs 35 kg.
 There are 12 such flag poles in the country but this national flag is the largest , said Cdr. K.V. Singh of the Flag Foundation of India. The Flag Foundation of India and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) worked together on the project. The flag pole has been designed keeping in mind the geometry of Connaught Place, Singh said. “We are trying to create a monument for the national flag in the capital of the country,” he added.
Special Cover released on Biggest Indian Flag on tallest  flag-pole in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur at Rajpex 2015 on 26th January 2015. 

The Cancellation in form of Digital Franking using Remotely Managed Franking System (RMFS). The Meter Frank depicts National Flag and Slogan 'Highest National Flag in Rajasthan' and 'Greetings on Republic Day'. The meter frank is serially numbered from 1 to 1000.
 The Indian National Flag is hoisted at a height of 206 feet throughout the year at Natural Heritage, Central Park, Jaipur. The flag is 48 feet wide and 72 feet in length weighing about 25 Kgs. The monumental flag was hoisted for the first time by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr. Ashok Gehlot in October 2011. Hoisting the flag, the chief minister said that national flag is a symbol of dignity and pride. He also asked the citizens to guard the dignity of national flag even at the cost of their lives. He also thanked Flag Foundation of India to get right for common man to hoist the flag.  (Updated).

The Concepts of Monumental Flagpoles are not new
156 ft. tall flag-staff off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Chennai (formerly, Madras) had the distinction of the ‘Tallest & Oldest’ flag mast, before the recent craze for gigantic Flag-pole  concept began.

In 1687, Elihu Yale the second Governor of Madras, hoisted the Union Jack for the first time on the flag-mast at Fort St. George, Madras (present day Chennai), replacing that of the East India Company’s flag (the original wooden-mast was replaced by a steel-mast of equal height in 1994). On August 15, 1947, it was on this flag-mast that the Indian Tricolour was hoisted for the first time and since then it has become the  government venue of the Independence Day Flag hoisting ceremony of Tamil Nadu state.
 Elihu Yale (1649 – 1721)- Governor of the East India Company settlement in Madras and a benefactor of the Collegiate School of Connecticut, USA, which in 1718 was renamed Yale College in his honor.

Guinness Book of World Records
The Dushanbe Flagpole is located in front of the Palace of nations in Dushnbe, Tazikistan. It is the tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, at a height of 165 metres (541 feet),

  The gigantic Flag at the National Flag Square off Neftchiler Avenue in Bavil, Baku, Azerbaijan. A flag measuring 70 by 35 metres (230 by 115 feet) flies on a pole 162 m (531 ft) high.  The latest technology was applied in engineering calculations and flagpole design. The flagpole can withstand wind speeds of up to 209 km/h or 58 metres per second. 

Both flagpoles were built by the same American designer, David Chambers, general director of UAE based company Trident Support Corporation.

 Other Monumental Flagpoles of the World

In the 1980s, the South Korean government built a 98.4 m (323 ft) tall  flagpole with a 130-kilogram (287 lb) flag of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in Daeseong-dong 
The North Korean government responded by building a taller one, the Panmunjeom flagpole, at 160 m (525 ft) with a 270 kg (595 lb) flag of North Korea in Kijŏng-dong, 1.2 km across the demarcation line from South Korea, in what some have called the "Flagpole War".   
The monumental flagpole record has grown in all most all parts of the world.

The Ashgabat Flagpole is the fourth tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, at 133 metres (436 feet) tall. It is located in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, it was erected in 2008.

Union Arab Emirate Flagpole. The flagpole in the UAE stands in 123 meters tall and 403.5 feet. The flagpole is located in the city of Abu Dhabi, and can be seen directly from the Arab gulf offshore as far as 60km with height about 123 meters.

The tallest flagpole in Jordon, erected on the grounds of Raghadan Palace, the gigantic flag pole is as high as 126.8 meters (416 feet).  King Abdullah II officially hoisted the country's flag on 10 June 2003.  
 Brazil Flagpole.

The flagpole in Brazil has a height 100 meters, 
Gigantic Flagpoles on Postage Stamps

A city named after a gigantic tall flagpole

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. The city is named after a tall Ponderosa Pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston (known as the "Second Boston Party") to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876.

Source; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The above list is not an exhaustive and complete


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