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Hidden away in otherwise dismal Suraxanı is the unique Ateşgah Məbədi. Part caravanserai, part fire temple, it stands on the site of a natural-gas vent that was sacred to Zoroastrians for centuries, though the temple’s current incarnation was built by 18th-century Indian Shiva devotees. They lived in the surrounding pentagonal courtyard and reputedly performed extreme ascetic practices such as lying on hot coals or... Read More

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