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Burning Mountainside of Yanar Dag: The Fire That Has Been Burning for 4,000 Years

In the 13th century, Marco Polo described present-day Azerbaijan as a "land of fire" - and for good reason: there are burning mountainsides with fires that didn't stop burning for thousands of years.

Maureen O'Hare of CNN Travel has the strange story of the eternal flame of Yanar Dag:

"This fire has burned 4,000 years and never stopped," says Aliyeva Rahila. "Even the rain coming here, snow, wind -- it never stops burning."
Ahead, tall flames dance restlessly across a 10-meter stretch of hillside, making a hot day even hotter.
This is Yanar Dag -- meaning "burning mountainside" -- on Azerbaijan's Absheron Peninsula, where Rahila works as a tour guide.

Read the rest over at CNN Travel.

(Photo: Maureen O'Hare/CNN)

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