Port of Baku
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The Port of Baku is the biggest city in the Caucasus. It consists of three major divisions: the ancient city of Iceri Sohor, the Soviet-built city, and the new modern district. Summers in the Port of Baku are hot and humid and the winters are cool and wet. Temperatures do not vary as much as many similar regions due to the Port of Baku's proximity to the Caspian Sea.

Visitors to the Port of Baku will want to see Yanar Dagh, a mountain that has been ablaze for a thousand years due to natural gas vents that spew hot flames even during rainstorms. The mountain is hard to find, so it's best to take a taxi. Once there, visitors enjoy the small café that serves snacks and tea.

The Atashgah Fire Temple is a religious building in the Port of Baku suburb of Surakhani. This 18th Century pentagonal structure has a courtyard surrounded by monks' cells with an altar in the middle. It was abandoned when oil and gas plants appeared in the area in about 1883. Now a museum that gets 15 thousand visitors per year, the temple is a State historical-architectural reserve. It is called a fire temple because it sits on a natural gas field (now depleted) that used to cause natural fires. Today, the fires are piped in for visitors.

The Hamam Hehellisi public baths are located inside the walls of the old city of the Port of Baku. Men and women have their own days at the baths.

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