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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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  • Amazing place you must try! You will feel a real athmosphere of old Baku. In the summer is it too hot here,  more »
  • We really enjoyed this visit, the temple is maintained very well and our guide was excellent - he took us to every room and explained the significance of the rituals that were done there by the Zoroas...  more »
  • Visiting this fire temple gave me a really interesting insight into both Zoroastrianism and Azerbaijani history and culture. The buildings arrayed along the edge of the courtyard surrounding the templ...  more »
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  • Very interesting place to visit and the guide was quite pleasant and informative
  • Strange little rooms surrounding the central Fire Temple... How this belief was abandoned in this area while preserved in neighboring areas is difficult to understand...
  • Nice historic place
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  • Anicent monument

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Baku's emphasis on architectural diversity--and its fondness for constructions that put all previous buildings to shame--has yielded a range of accommodations. Look no further than the waterfront high-rises for contemporary luxury, or take a peek at the more storied surrounding boulevards for 19th-century class, with grand hotels and stylish boutiques set in Baroque and neoclassical buildings. A smattering of budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses lies throughout the city, particularly on side streets close to the main attractions and train stations.
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