High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Baku Ateshgah or
"Fire Temple" is a castle-like religious structure in Surakhani, a
suburb of greater Baku, Azerbaijan. The pentagonal complex, which
has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a
tetrapillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th
centuries. It was abandoned after 1883 when oil and gas plants were
established in the vicinity. The complex was turned into a museum
in 1975 and now receives 15,000 visitors a year. It was nominated
for World Heritage Site status in 1998 and was declared a state
historical- architectural reserve by decree of the Azeri President
on 19 December 2007.
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