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Yanar Dag, Baku

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#1 of 11 in Nature in Azerbaijan
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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  • August 17, 2017
    The place is far from Baku Center and nothing to be seen there except the fire comming out of rocks because of gas underneath the montain. It takes 10 minutes max to see everything.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Yanar Dag means burning mountain, which is natural fire blazes continuously day and night from summer to winter the fire will be there forever. This is a unique natural phenomenon. I do believe the ga...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Were on a sightseeing tour in Absheron. Interesting place. From under the stones of fire escapes. Steady on. Probably near gas fields. But in the middle ages, probably from here and fire-worship.
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