from 150 AZN / person
The program of the “Ateshgah & Yanardagh. Absheron tour” includes: Excursion to the Temple of Fire Worshippers – “Ateshgah” and the fiery mountain “Yanardagh” in the village Mehemmedli (duration 3.5 hours)
All who have been at Baku, and almost all who have heard of Baku, know of the Temple of Eternal Fire Ateshgah (Atashgah), located 20 kilometers east of the town center. The territory is known thanks to such a unique nature phenomenon as ever burning outburst of natural gas (bursting out gas contacts wit oxygen and catches fire). The Temple, as it looks today, was built in the 17th – 18thcenturies.
Ateshgah is an Indian temple of fire worshipers in Azerbaijan, on the Apsheron Peninsula, on the outskirts of the village of Surakhany in Surakhani district, at various times revered by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs. Originated in the XVII – XVIII centuries. in the place of “eternal” unquenchable lights – burning outlets of natural gas , due to which the temple is called “Ateshgyah”, which means “House of Fire”, “Place of Fire”.
In the early 19th century the Temple acquired its present-day appearance. Ateshgah is a pentagonal structure with a castellation and entrance portal. In the center of a yard the altar-sanctuary executed in the form of a stone bower on which angles some more centers are located towers. In the center of an altar – a well from which beat “eternally” burning gas.
Azerbaijan has been historically known as the Land of Fire because of its rich oil and gas resources. The natural fire that have been blazing in various parts of the country for millennia have greatly influenced the beliefs and traditions of the local people and has been celebrated in works of literature and art. An example of this natural phenomenon is found 25 kilometres from Baku, in a place known as Yanardagh located in the village of Mahammadli. The natural gas that seeps onto the surface gives this mountain (whose name translates as ‘burning mountain’) its famous ‘burning’ look. In order to protect Yanardagh and attract tourists here, this area was declared a historical, cultural and natural reserve in 2007. Today Yanardagh reserve is a favourite destination for tourists visiting the country. The mountain appears to be covered in tongues of flame from its foot to its peak, resembling red tulips. At first, such an unusual sight may give a strange impression, but this feeling turns into fascination upon watching the fi re majestically seep out of the mountain core. 25 km from Baku
Included in the price:
– Tickets to museums
– Personal driver
– Professional guide
group of 1-2 people – 150 AZN / group
group of 3-4 people – 180 AZN / group
group of 4-7 people – 240 AZN / group