One of the world’s only still-burning fire temples, Ateshgah – The Temple of Eternal Fire – has been a religious site revered by Hindus and Zoroastrians from around the first century AD, or even earlier. Flames still burn in its magical central hearth-altar which was rebuilt in the 17th-18th century with side flues and sone inscriptions. That’s set in a fortified pentagonal courtyard around which former pilgrim cells are built into the impressively fortified surrounding walls, now forming a fascinating museum. The complex is located 30 km from Baku on the outskirts of Surakhani, an overgrown village of the Absheron Peninsula.

Ateshgah tours commonly make an additional visit to Yanardagh, another curious fire phenomenon where burning natural gas blazes continuously on a hillside near Digah. No wonder Azerbaijan has become known as the “Land of Fire”.

 

Practical information:

Official group tours organized by Baku Tourism Information Center

Duration: 4h

Departures: every day at 11:00 and 15:00

 

Tour includes:

Transport

Entrance ticket to the reserves

Fast-track entrance

Tour guide service

Bottled water

 

 

Address & Contact

Address:

Azadlig Square

GPS:

40.3718765, 49.8500991

Telephone:
Web:

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Opening Hours

Monday

11:00 and 15:00

Tuesday

11:00 and 15:00

Wednesday

11:00 and 15:00

Thursday

11:00 and 15:00

Friday

11:00 and 15:00

Saturday

11:00 and 15:00

Sunday

11:00 and 15:00