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Turkmenistan’s most internationally-recognized site is known as the “Gates of Hell.”

President Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered the closure of the site, which is officially named the Darvaza Crater after the town where it is located. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The crater was formed in the early 1970s, when the ground collapsed during a Soviet gas drilling expedition. Scientists lit the massive hole on fire to prevent the spread of natural gas, and it’s been burning ever since. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Although the crater has become a tourist attraction, but Turkmenistan President asked his cabinet to find a way to close the proverbial gates, according to state-run newspaper Neytralny Turkmenistan.

There were several reasons behind this decision including its hazardous impact on people living nearby, and environmental damage. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});