Azerbaijan is often referred to as the “land of fire” so when visiting Baku for the first time, where better to stay than in a building designed in the shape of a flame? Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers opened in June 2013 and is located within one of the tongues of flame.
Located on the highest point of the city, the views over Baku and the sweep of the Caspian Sea are stunning.
To carry on with the fire theme, a half day excursion takes you outside the city and onto the Ateshgah Fire Temple. Located a few miles east of Baku, the Ateshgah Fire Temple is one of Azerbaijan’s most popular tourist attractions.
The current building is actually an 18th century fort, built by Indian fire worshippers, but in a previous incarnation, it is thought to date back to pre-Islamic Zoroastrian times and the sixth or seventh centuries.
Carry on a little further, and a unique phenomenon awaits you. Yanar Dag, literally burning mountain, is said to be the result of an accidental ignition around 50 years ago.
What you see is a strip of about seven metres of mountainside, alight. I visited in the day time but I am told, it is mesmerising at night. I can well believe it.
Contributor & Photographer: Sue Lowry. For sets of images of Baku, Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers, Khinalig, Gobustan, Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, visit Sue’s Flickr stream.
Sue travelled as a guest of Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers (a Magellan client) and British Airways. For a three night stay, prices – to include accommodation and flights – start at GBP899 pp – subject to change. A visa for entry is required which can easily be arranged through the hotel.
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