"Atasgah = Home of Fire" Suraxani Favorite Tip by josephescu

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Favorite thing: The flames escaping from the ground on the Abseron peninsula were considered to have divine power by the Zoroastrians, who were dominant in Azerbaijan in the 17th century, and also by the Indians who were at the time trading with the country. As news spread, pilgrims from India followed the merchants to the peninsular to build these places of worship.

Fondest memory: Built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th century AD, the Atashgah Temple, also known as the Temple of the Fire worshippers, has been a centre of worship for thousands of years.

Much of the existing structure has been built since the 17th century.

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  • Written Sep 10, 2006
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