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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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  • Go to the Metro Kjorogly bus 217 to the end, travel 30 qapik. Interesting sight-burning mountain, which never fades. In this place on surface goes methane occurs spontaneous combustion. On the day of your visit very strong wind was blowing, snosjashhij. Part of it had gone out. Also nearby are "singing stones"-hollow inside, tandoor and other artifacts of the past
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  • Simply because I have never seen anything like that in my life, it was worth a visit. I was taken there by locals that treat this place as some mystical place and place of worship. It is fascinating; ...  more »
  • Amazing place! It is understandable why become immediately before Islam people were Zoroastrians. Ride 30 minutes from Baku. The road is good. Input 2 AZN, kids free. There is a toilet. We were guided and without the story be the connoisseur less interesting.
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