Sunday, July 31, 2005

Yanar Dag, the Fire mountain

Last Sunday we went to a beach on the Absheron peninsula. Around half hour away from Baku. We went together with two friends/ trainers that came to Baku for a seminar. The beach was excellent, we ordered a lot of food (well you order a normal amount that turns into huge amount) and thus were swimming in clean warm sea while stuffing our "little" stomachs.

Friedrich, one of the trainers, rented a car for the whole day... so that day actually started with visitting one of the food/everything open markets - The central market (the prices of the rental stands are rising here too, meaning soon there will be no market any longer :o((; reference to The city of Baku post ). We bought a lof of fruits and after that headed towards the beach. We also had a unique possibility to actually see baby hedgehogs!!! :o))) Isn't she cute?

We spent several hours at the beach, actually at a restaurant table to be precise. And then I got an idea to try to visit Yanar Dag. My collegue mentioned it and Yanar Dag was pretty much on the way to Baku. It is a Fire mouintan. According to some story a shepard accidently lit this mountain in 1950s and since then the mountain burns. It seems that some gas evaporates through the mountain and thus constantly feeds the fire.

Approximately 10m x 2m of the mountain is on fire. The sight is really unique as the mountain is pretty much sand and rocks and there is this constant fire that seems to be feeding on nothing ... but it still burns. :o) It looks as if the fire comes from within the rocks. It is not some overwhelming sight but extremely relaxing and fascinating.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat to see other views on Azerbaijan! We were just there three weeks ago and saw Yanar Dag, Astegah, Qobustan, etc. But it was a quick trip (3 days), so seeing more in depth is nice,

6:21 AM, August 08, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Thank you.

... three days is really a short time but so far from what I have seen Yanar Dag and Qobustan (the mud volcanoes) are one of the neatest places and quite unique comparing to other countries... :o)

1:29 PM, August 08, 2005  
Blogger Devrim said...

Volcano's are also called Yanar Dag (burning mountains) in Turkey too. :)

Next time I go back I'll definitely stop by Azerbaijan also.

If you like baby porcupines, check this out:

6:10 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Hahahaha, those are cuties. Well I did not know I like baby porcupines but now I do!
We went to Yanar Dag again but during the evening and it is splendid. The fire is actually blue (logically) but during sunny day you cannot see it.
You should come by since being so close :o).

2:52 PM, August 25, 2005  

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