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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. To visit Yanar Dag and get the most from your holiday in Baku, create itinerary details personal to you using our Baku trip itinerary planning site .
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  • The only interesting přicestě to this monument was the journey itself, when after his shiny Baku, was to see a real life in the country. Yanar Dag Samotý was zklamánim for me, just fire off a cliff. Spooky snacks no toilets.
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  • we took a taxi for 40 mants the time you need is 1.5 H for the hole trip when you get there you take a pic and go on  more »
  • You get a good understanding that this is a gas and oil country. Story goes that a shephard through a cigarette butt on the ground and the fire was lit. Worth checking out, take a walk up the hill for...  more »

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