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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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  • Where in the world would one ever be permitted to enter and walk around the Fire Temple? Although it is more of a historic site than a religious one,it was a good visit. Also a great revelation into t...  more »
  • Besides the temple, all photographs depicted on this site, there are smaller rooms in which there are multiple exposures, depicting the life of fire-worshippers. Here also have electronic panels, clearly telling the story of the construction of the temple. In normal days, the fire burns only in the lower part of the temple. The entrance ticket costs 2 AZN. A magical impression Temple does not produce, but visit this place interesting.
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  • I feel sorry but this was a huge disappointment. I mean, its interesting that there are some plastic figures representing original habitants and a some historical aspects of living written on boards i...  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.