The Fire Temple of Baku

The History of an Atashgah rooted in the time of the Sassanid’s

In the Absheron peninsula of Azerbaijan, there are many places where the fire comes up from the underground. The earliest mentions of this phenomenon were noted by Priscus in 5th century, by Al-Istakhri and Mas’udi in the 7th-10th centuries. Zoroastrians lived in the Transcaucasia from the Achaemenian times and worshiped these forever burning flames and built the fire temples. One of these temples is called Atashgah (“Place of Fire”) and survives to our days in the Surakhane village, 15 km far from Baku.

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