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Yanar Dag, Baku
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Watch a mountain burning at Yanar Dag, where continuous natural gas flames light up the hillside on the Caspian Sea's Absheron Peninsula. Part of Azerbaijan's enormous gas reserves leaks up through a thin, porous sandstone layer, igniting into flames that spread for about 10 m (33 ft). The spectacle--duly noted by Marco Polo--can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height, and burns in all weather. Although the phenomenon has a nickname of the eternally burning fire, local lore has it that it started when a local shepherd in the 1950s threw away his cigarette stub. Plant yourself in a nearby teahouse and take in the sight. Add Yanar Dag and other attractions to your Baku trip itinerary using our Baku vacation builder.
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  • We visited after being told about it. It was a windy evening so we couldn't stay long. The fire did look a bit different to your average garden bonfire! There's a little souvenir shop. The drive there...  more »
  • This place is located under Baku in the small village of Mehemmedli and is a historical-cultural and natural reserve of Azerbaijan. Translated from Azeri Yanardag means "burning mountain". And she is really hot. The fact of the matter is that in this place the Absheron peninsula petroleum reservoirs are approaching the surface of the Earth, and it is on a mountain slope. Who set fire to the oil here is unknown, but formed an eternal torch, spouting from beneath the Earth. The spectacle of mesmerizing, especially during dark time of day. You can see it from far away, and even during the day it seems that emanates from under the ground light. Mount-a sacred place for Zoroastrians, the cult of which in ancient times was circulated in Azerbaijan. But today many tourists also come here to Buddhists who believe in the sanctity of the place and the meditation at the foot of the mountain.
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  • The Township of so-so, go long, and spectacle on 10 minutes. It is not worth 2 manat per entry. And tour for 5 manat exactly take. Rode 217 bus, long and standing for 30 kopeks. Better take a taxi. Not very comfortable ((
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