Ateshgah Temple (Fire Temple)

Based on Persian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" (آتش) 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. The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical center of Zoroastrians from Northwestern Indian Subcontinent, who were involved in trade with the Caspian area via the famous "Grand Trunk Road".The altar is situated right a natural gas vent, igniting a large flame in the middle and four smaller flames on the rooftop corners of the pavilion. Surrounding a temple altar are a number of small cells which held the ascetic worshippers and pilgrims.

What you get

normal price: 2.3$
with GoBakuCard: Free

Hours & Admission

 

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Sunday
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: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Getting there

Ateshgah Temple

Address: Surakhani. Baku/Azerbaijan

Contacts: (+994) 12 452 44 07

Web:ateshgah.info

19 minutes by bus № 1 from 28 May Metro Station to ASAN service

An hour by bus № 184 to Surakhani Railways Station

9 minutes on foot through Sattar Bahlulzade Park