WHY IS AZERBAIJAN CALLED ‘THE LAND OF FIRE’?
TRAVEL ON YOUR MIND?
Look at Azerbaijan’s state emblem and you’ll see a red flame as the centerpiece. Walk through Baku and observe the city’s focal point, the Flame Towers, dominating the skyline. Azerbaijan has a close relationship with fire, earning the nickname as ‘The Land of Fire’. Here’s why.
Azerbaijan was a mysterious place for the ancients. Flames often burst from the mountains and sea. Imagine what the people thought back then when most worshipped the natural elements of earth, fire, air, and water. Zoroastrianism, once one of the largest religions in the world and believed to have influenced the birth of Judaism, was born. The early Zoroastrians placed great importance on fire, which they believed represented the light of wisdom. Ateshgah, near Baku, became a central worshipping and pilgrimage site until the Arabs brought Islam in the 10th century. Most Zoroastrians then fled Iran and Azerbaijan to Northern India.