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“Felt more like the set of Game of Thrones than an archaeological site..”

Ateshgah - Fire Temple
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Day-Tour Visiting Zoroastrian Temple and Burning Mountain From Baku
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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Felt more like the set of Game of Thrones than an archaeological site..”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fellow Travelers, here's the thing. Traveling is a very personal experience. What we like and don't is subjective. Some reviewers referred to the Fire Temple as the 'most amazing attraction' others, 'a waste of time'. I have to agree with the latter and here's why:
- the very poor and sometimes disturbing human replicas of the Hindus in the various rooms surrounding the central structure. There is a fine balance between representing an ancient existence and making it look like some tortured Disney attraction
- the 'brand new', old paths. In fact the 'brand new' old Temple
- the 'natural fire' brning in the temple for centuries which turns out to be some burning coals and piped gas
- the lack of information available at the site for visitors who wish to the temple on their own. No guide, no explanation whatsoever

I appreciate the attempt to preserve the temple however, something's gone awry. Your time and money is better pent elsewhere in Azerbaijan.

Visited September 2013
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Monterrey, Mexico
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“A brand new old temple”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This temple is going through big renovations. Maybe a bit too much, because the parts that are finished look brand new. Knowing that the fire pit is no longer natural doesn´t help either.
I was very curious to see a zoroastrian temple but was disappointed to find perfect stone paths that give the impression to be in a newly opened facility.
It´s still worth to see if you happened to be in Baku, but it´s better not to have as great expectations as I had.

Visited July 2013
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Hungary
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“Most amazing attraction”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was the most amazing attraction during our trip. This comment is not for the refurbishment and the costruction that is going on to preserve the site but rahter for the historical value and the role in the human history this place carries even if there are no holy services any more. Must to see!

Visited July 2013
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Hong Kong
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“What A Waste Of Time”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

It was a total disappointment and the worst place to visit ever for anyone. There were just a couple pots of burning charcoal (by natural gas) and they even charged a fee for using cameras. Totally ridiculous and waste of time and money.

Visited June 2013
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New York City
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“Presence of Hinduism and Sikhism at Ateshgah”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Presence of Hindu priest who build their homes around the spot where the fire was coming from related this to their god. There are writing in hindi on the doors. Surprisingly, One of the door has writing from the Sikhism holy book in Gurmukhi ( Punjabi). This would be from the early 1500 AD time. All the people who lived there have moved on. It was nice to see that Azerbaijan Government is taking care of this.

Visited July 2012
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