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Yanar Dag, Baku

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Geologic Formation Landmark
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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  • Beautiful place specifically during dark nights! We visited this mountain when a taxi driver offered to take us on our way back to hotel late in the evening. So, we were the only visitors of the fire ...  more »
  • While it's interesting to see the fire that results from an ignited gas bubble close to the surface, the place offers very little explanation or some historic background.  more »
  • The park costs 2 manat. One can easily take bus 217 from metro koroglu and it costs 0.3 manat. The burning place is pretty small. But one can go up the small hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the surr...  more »

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