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A fire has been burning for 4000 years in Azerbaijan.

"Neither the rain, nor the snow, nor the wind can stop it," explains tour guide Rahila Aliyeva, BTV reported. 

The flame is called Yanar Dag, which means "Burning Mountain", and is located on the Asheron Peninsula in Azerbaijan.

High flames spread over a 10-meter section of the slope. 

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The cause of the unceasing fire is the abundant reserves of natural gas in the country, which are coming to the surface.  

The Venetian explorer Marco Polo wrote about the mysterious phenomenon when he passed through the country back in the 13th century.

Other merchants along the Silk Road spread the news of the flames as they traveled to other lands.

That is why the country earned the nickname "Land of Fire".

This kind of continuous fires used to be abundant in Azerbaijan, but they were removed because they led to a decrease in gas pressure underground, which interfered with mining. 

Once upon a time, these fires played a key role in the ancient Zoroastrian religion, founded in Iran and flourishing in Azerbaijan in the first millennium BC.

The experience is most impressive at night or in winter when it is snowing.

Then the snowflakes do not reach the ground because they melt while in the air. 

Yanar Dag is located 25 km north of the Azerbaijani capital Baku in the village of Mechemediye.

Buses run from the city to this world landmark, so it's easy and cheap to get there.

Since 2007, the fire has been declared a nature reserve and is under the protection of the state.