This apocalyptic crater found in the middle of a deserted desert has been nicknamed “The Door to Hell”.
The Darvaza crater is a 69metre wide, 30 metre deep crater that has burned continually for more than four decades.
It was created when a group of Soviet engineers exploring for sources of natural gas saw their rig collapse – creating the deep crater.
Fearing dangerous gases will be released into the atmosphere, they set it alight in the hope it would burn off in a few weeks.
But it hasn’t stopped burning since that day in 1971, becoming a major tourist draw to the sparsely populated Derweze region of Turkmenistan.
Drone operator and photographer Alessandro Belgiojoso captured stunning, HD footage of the eerie sight.
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