The Burning Hill

The Burning Hill

Yanardag is a hill on Apsheron peninsular, not far from the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. “Yanardag” means “a burning mountain” and it really burns. Literally. Spurts of flame appear on the ground and on the stones.

The Burning Hill

The mountain is burining when it rains or snows too, when a strong wind is blowing, just because of the natural gas fuel coming out from its depths. In ancient times there were a lot of places like this in Apsheron.

The Burning Hill

According to the scientists oil and gas were so close to the surface that sometimes they were spilling out as flames. Many famous travellers (Marco Polo, Alexandre Dumas etc.) used to describe such “flares from nowhere”.

The Burning Hill

Three spurs of flames are depicted on the arms of Baku.

The Burning Hill

Many fire-worshippers from India and Iran keep coming to the place for pilgrimage.

The Burning Hill

The Burning Hill

The Burning Hill

The Burning Hill

At night they are best to look at.

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3 thoughts on “The Burning Hill”

  1. I have seen this with my own eyes – I can confirm this place exists. At least it did when I visited Azerbaijan in April 2007.

    I suspect the gas is not tapped because the cost does not justify the gain. In much the same way – oil platforms will have a flare burning continuously not doing anything constructive.

    The hillside produces a good amount of heat – quite welcome on a cold day. It is worth the visit and is not far from Baku.

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