Ateshgah - Fire Temple, Baku

Observe traces of ancient fire worship at Ateshgah - Fire Temple, which today functions as a museum. The large, walled, castle-like complex dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, although the location exploited Azerbaijan's gas-rich soil as far back as the 7th century CE, when Zoroastrians worshipped live fire from the natural gas vent on site. The current temple, built by Baku's Hindu community, provided a stopover for traders on the Silk Road. A museum documenting Hindu and Zoroastrian communities in Azerbaijan occupies a number of the restored pavilions, where life-size mannequins wearing traditional clothing represent life in this caravanserai. Put Ateshgah - Fire Temple and other Baku attractions into our Baku trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very interesting temple to visit and see the history of the area. It is also good to see how the natural gas continually burns. Interesting little shops for trinkets.  more »
  • About 25 kms from Baku city centre, Ateshgah fire temple is a must visit.Its thousands of years old, very well maintained. Though the fire now is not natural, it comes from a gas pipeline. English spe...  more »
  • The admission form in 30 km from Baku. At different times (since 17 century) was worshipped by the Zoroastrians and Hindus and Sikhs. Now there is burning failed pipe gas. Rocking did the trick.
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  • This temple is believed to be have constructed in the 17th century by the Indian merchants who used to stay over at Baku. This route was regarded as the silk road for the merchants to travel further to European countries/Iran/China. The place used to emit natural gas from the earth which was then regarded as an apt and holy place for the fire temple. It is said that later the Russian military destroyed it and used it to store their guns during the war time. Post freedom, Azerbaijan Govt has restored this place. But the present fire is a man made and no more on the natural gas.
  • This is some real culture and history. Yes, I love the nice buildings and fancy sky scrapers along the water, but the drive to the Fire Temple shows you the real Baku and the real people. In a way, it's saddening to see the rich oil landscape, but see such poor living conditions. But nestled in the outskirts of the city a few minutes from the airport is the ancient Fire Temple. The place looks like a fort and even has a gated entry way. Inside the walls are shops with some of the finest collections of sovenigers Baku has to offer. Magnets, shirts, bags, tea cups... All the cultural stuff missing from the main shopping areas is available here. Opposite the shops is an inner building which houses the fire temple. The eternally burning flame is on display surrounded by artifacts that tell the history of the temple that dates back to the 17th Century. This place is a Must Visit for any traveler. It shows the real people and the original beauty of The Land of Fire.
  • A surprising land mark with Hindu roots. We took about 30-40 minutes. It's a small place with a reconstruction of the fire Temple and multiple displays of relics. The shops are good too. Being only 20 minutes from airport by Uber, we went there on our way to the airport. Along with yanaar dag It's definitely a unique structure with the permanent flames caused by natural gas and petroleum fumes.
  • Amazing history and location! You absolutely must get a guide when visiting. Probably my favourite destination after spending four packed says across Azerbaijan.
  • Good place for Indians to visit. Has an old historical connection to India.
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