Absheron - is the name of the peninsula, where Baku City is located.
Today we will explore all the outskirts and sights of this peninsula.
First, we will start with excursion to the temple of fire worshipers - Ateshgah. Atashgah is located 30 kilometers far from the center of Baku, on the south - eastern outskirts of Absheron peninsula.
Long time ago, these lands, where natural gas bursts outward with burning torches, have always attracted fire worshipers from all over the world. Baku, with its oil, the "burning earth“ known far beyond its borders. Moreover, it is not surprising that the religion in the states that arose in the 7th century BC, such as Manna and Media, was Zoroastrianism which spontaneous combustion of oil and gas was its spread. Therefore, in this territory, until today, the temple of eternal fire Ateshgah has been preserved.
Next destination is a Mardakan settlement.
This city-type settlement has a very ancient and rich history.
The first stop of tourists will be at the 22 metres high, Mardakan fortress.
The quadrangular castle dated back to the XIV century was built by Akhsitan I, who was the son of Shirvanshah Manuchehr III.
Next destination is the mosque of Mir Movsum Aga (1883-1950).
Mir Movsum Aga lived in Icheri Sheher (Old Town) and during his lifetime, he was considered a holy man.
Today at the burial point of Mir Movsum Aga, raised grand mosque and mausoleum.
The final point of the tour covers Mehemmedi settlement.
Near to this small settlement a hill called Yanardag is located (azeri. yanar – burning, dag - hill). Moreover, in the real meaning of his name the hill burns indeed.
Nowadays in Absheron peninsula Yanardag is the only place where a unique natural phenomenon - natural gas comes out.
The road back to Baku.