Burning Mountain is considered sacred mestom
Azerbaijan - a small country situated between Western Asia and Eastern Europe and famous for its rich culture and history. Azerbaijan - a great place for tourism: there is a stunning kitchen, ancient monuments, modern architecture and mud volcanoes. The most famous volcanoes Yanardag, also known as the Burning Mountain. It burns for several generations, but beyond the mountains of the fire does not go out.
Yanardag located 25 km from the capital of Baku on the Apsheron Peninsula. In fact, it is - a 116-meter hill, under which lurk huge deposits of natural gas are constantly breaks out. The flame rises through the porous sandstone layer at a height of about three meters. Unlike other mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan, on Yamardage no dirt or other liquids, so the fire is not extinguished.
At the edge of the hill forever ten-lit wall of fire. It looks very majestic, especially at night. In the air, there is always a strong smell of gas. Also, the flames rising from the creeks around the hill - "river of fire" called Yanarbulak or Burning springs. The water is full of gray, so even if Yanarbulak do not burn, they are easy to ignite from a match.
On the origin of Yanardag there are many local legends. One of them says that the fire was accidentally lit a shepherd threw a cigarette here. Another story says that before there lived a reasonable Wolves: scientists believe that wolves could be fabulous primitive people accidentally podzhёgshimi gas.
Yanardag is always on regardless of the weather. Locals believe the sacred mountain. It is a place of pilgrimage for Azerbaijanis and foreigners from India and Iran. According to one of the local people, many sick people see a mountain in dreams, then they come here and healed.
Azerbaijan - a country with huge oil and gas reserves, and greenhouse gases are sometimes break the surface and light. Yanardag earlier was not the only "burning mountain" in these lands, but when people have learned to use natural resources, many of the fields were depleted, and others mountain extinguished. This indirectly proves the historical record: in the XIII-century traveler Marco Polo during his arrival in Baku saw numerous giant torches on the whole Absheron peninsula.