Photographer's Note

The next stop in my trip around Baku was Ateshgah.

Look at National_emblem_of_Azerbaijan and you’ll see a red flame as the centrepiece. Walk through Baku and observe the city’s focal point, the Flame Towers, dominating the skyline. Azerbaijan has a close relationship with fire, earning the nickname ‘The Land of Fire’. Here’s why.
Azerbaijan was a mysterious place for the ancients. Flames often burst from the mountains and sea. Imagine what the people thought back then when most worshipped the natural elements of earth, fire, air and water. Zoroastrianism, once one of the largest religions in the world and believed to have influenced the birth of Judaism, was born.

The early Zoroastrians placed great importance on fire, which they believed represented the light of wisdom. Ateshgah, near Baku, became a central worshipping and pilgrimage site until the Arabs brought Islam in the 10th century. Most Zoroastrians then fled Iran and Azerbaijan to Northern India.

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 inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" (آتش) is the Persian word for fire.[3] The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetrapillar-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.
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