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Ateshgah - Fire Temple, Baku
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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Baku holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ateshgah - Fire Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We just managed to get there before closing time (6pm). It's 2 Azn entrance fee, which we were not charged fit. The staff seemed quite friendly. The fire in the central temple is fuelled; so we have b...  more »
  • The most reliable sources of knowledge about the past of this architectural monuments. Therefore, on the basis of this interesting area, where is the Temple of Surakhany, in 15-20 minutes by car from the city centre. The temple itself is a small and very simple architecture, but there is a pompous place leaving you indifferent and very simple at first glance, like the wailing wall in Jerusalem, which magnetically active. The Temple of fire-worshippers such.
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  • To get there by public transport, you can take the Bus no. 184 from Koroglu metro station for 0.20azn till the last stop. The fire tempel ist right next to it. Max 2min walk. The entry is 2 manat. The...  more »
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  • good place to give a visit, .. easy way to access : from Qara Qarayev metro station take the bus no. 191, and stop at the temple itself ( Atesgah mabadi ) which is around 25 min ( = 16 stops ) ..
  • I live near this template. Its very beautiful & place with deep history. I advice everybody who visit Azerbaijan have time and see this historical and religious place
  • This is not a Hindu temple, Hindu ppl never managed to get any congregation in Azerbaijan. It is an old Zoroastrian temple (we call it Fire temple) and at some point in time most of the Zoroastrian fled for India, which is why now they can be found mainly in India. Zoroastriansim has nothing to do with Hinduism.
  • Zoroastrianism is an ancient Iranian religion and a religious philosophy. Once the state religion of Ancient Iran, at present, it is practiced by only a small number of people, most of whom are Parsees living in India. It is not related to Hinduism.
  • The last indian zoroastrians were seen there by famous french writer Alexander Dumas and written in his travel stories about Azerbaijan.