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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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  • This oil country has it's oil so close to the surface it is just burning in these rocks. Find a nice place to eat close by to enjoy the great food in this area. 
  • Yes, from the mountains goes gas and fire it all the time. In reality it looks like someone lit a bonfire, and then carelessly scattered pieces of wood from it. At night, you can make a pretty nice pictures of fire. Specially to go just for the sake of this spectacle is not worth it, but to drive, while nearby, it is quite possible. At the entrance gate and organized something like cashier, where collect 2 manats. But how this fee is legitimate and is formal-an open question.
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  • Were there in the dark, really there "turns on" Earth. But not around there and insecure. When the wind blows, the flames blowing directly on visitors.
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