Absheron peninsula - another side of Baku

Cultural & Theme Tours in Baku

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Day auto – excursion trip to the natural, historical and architectural moments of Absheron peninsula ( near Baku in a radius of 50 km) • a place of natural combustible gases entering the mountain Yanardagh (Burning mountain) in Mammadli village • temple of fire-worshipers “Ateshgah” in Surakhan settlement • Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve
Yanar Dag (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning "burning mountain") is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan (a country which itself is known as "the Land of Fire"). Flames jet into the air 3 metres (9.8 ft) from a thin, porous sandstone layer. Administratively, Yanar Dag belongs to Absheron District of Azerbaijan.Unlike mud volcanoes, the Yanar Dag flame burns fairly steadily, as it involves a steady seep of gas from the subsurface. It is claimed that the Yanar Dag flame was only noted when accidentally lit by a shepherd in the 1950s. There is no seepage of mud or liquid, which distinguishes it from the nearby mud volcanoes of Lökbatan or Gobustan.The Baku Ateshgah, often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani town (in Suraxanı raion), a suburb in Baku, Azerbaijan.Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural eternal flame went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city.Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve - A numerous archeological monuments peculiar to Azerbaijan (particularly to Gala and Absheron peninsula) were collected and restored in the territory of Museum complex. The barrows archeological monuments dating back to 3rd - 2nd  millennium BC, settlements dating to the same period, residential and other architectural models dating to the middle ages, etc. were constructed in their original form in this territory. In accordance with the current requirements towards protection of museums and monuments the favorable condition for observing historical masterpiece of Absheron has been established in the 1,5 hectares territory. The museum includes the map, plan, scheme where monuments, historical places of Absheron peninsula and our monuments located of Absheron are described. The foundations of houses belongs to the Medieval ages were discovered during the archeological excavations in the time of establishing the museum. In the territory also have Archaeological gallery where have different artifacts that found during archaeological excavations and houses belongs the 16th-17th and 19th centuries with interior of that time.

What’s included

  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
  • Professional guide

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off