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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  • Especially when it is too cold. It gets challenging with some wind! The views are very good, and there is a nice park to walk around. Great point for photos of the gulf and the Baku towers.  more »
  • The place is fascinating. Would be better if they had more history exhibits, instead of turning it into a sort of Disneyland of imagined Indian religions --- complete with models of people inflicting ...  more »
  • Great view from the top and in December the flame keeps you warm! Got the funicular up here for just 1 azn  more »
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  • Historical place. Nice peaceful location. Definitely worth a visit.
  • One of few Zoroastriant temple seen in Azerbaijan. A well maintained property.
  • If you like to historical places , its best place to visit
  • Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship. It was said it was the Indians who first built this temple. However, it is something of the past. Today Azerbaijan is neither dominated by Hindu or Zoroastrian followers. It's history again, everything revolving and revolving around those who choose to stay here.
  • very old place, it would be nice to see it with all flames that it was desiegned for, close to the city, possiblr visit by bus or short taxi ride

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