Historical and architectural sights

 

  • Albanian Temple – Kish

    In the villages of Sheki region there are several Christian architectural monuments of Caucasian Albania, the most famous of which is the church in the village of Kish. The official date of the laying of foundational stone of it is 1st century AD, the time when the territory of Azerbaijan was a part of the Caucasian Albania.Kish temple, built of limestone, is the first temple of hall type with a dome, created in the early Middle Ages. Currently, the historical and architectural monument works as a museum.



    Address:
    Kish Village, Sheki City AZ5525.
  • Caravanserais

    The main objects along the right bank of the river Gurjanachay, a kind of downtown of Sheki are the Upper and Lower caravanserais built in the 18th-19th centuries.

    Upper caravanserai, with over 300 rooms, covers a total area of 6,000 square meters and is 14 meters high, and the Lower one covers a total area of 8,000 sq. m and has 242 rooms. Interestingly, the Upper caravanserai is still used for its intended purpose, it functions as a hotel.



    Address:
    M.F. Akhundov Ave., Historical center, Sheki City.
  • Galarsan-Gorarsan

    One of the most famous historical sights of Sheki is fortress Galarsan - Gorarsan ("Come and see"). It is located approximately 4 km north of the city. It is believed that the foundation of the construction of the fortress was laid in the XV century by Sheki ruler Alijan. In 1743, taking advantage of people’s discontentment by Iranian oppression, the governor Haji Chalabi, who declared himself to be a Sheki Khan, found shelter in the fortress and rejected demands of Nadir Shah of deposition. Enraged Shah, demanded to know the reason why Chalabi does not give up. In response he told the Shah - "Come and see." And it became the name of the fortress.



    Address:
    Garatapa mountain point, left bank of Kish River, Sheki city.
  • Omar Efendi Mosque

    Omar Effendi Mosque is located in Sheki, dates to buildings of XVIII-XIX centuries. In 1986, the mosque was burned in the natural disaster. In 1987, it was restored and rebuilt. The facade of the mosque attracts the attention with the patterns made of burnt bricks. A wide and beautiful balcony supplements the minaret of Omar Effendi mosque and distinguishes it from other mosques.



    Address:
    Sheki Str., Sheki City AZ5503.
  • Sheki Fortress

    Located at the top of the hilly north-eastern part of the city, Sheki fortress was built during the reign of the first Sheki Khan Haji Chalabi (1743-1755). Fortress was a stronghold of the Khan, the constructions of city use were outside of it. Many buildings were constructed inside the fortress in different periods of time, the number of those would go up to forty, and the main was the Khan's palace.



    Address:
    Mirza Fatali Akhundov Ave., Sheki City AZ5503.
  • Sheki Khans Palace

    Unique in the architecture Sheki Khans Palace was built in 1762 by Huseyn-khan. The palace has its own special original construction techniques. It is enough to say for example that each square meter of shabaka (box of small wooden parts to be filled with colored glass) consists of five thousand parts, connected with each other without nails!



    Address:
    Mirza Fatali Akhundov Ave., Sheki City AZ5503.
  • The Shekikhanov House

    Built in the 18th century and recently thoroughly restored the house of Sheki Khans, owned by relatives of the Khans, is a transitional link from a national house to a palace type building. The interiors are richly decorated with murals and colorful shabaka, made by the same artists who painted the Palace of Sheki Khans.



    Address:
    State Reserve of History and Architecture “Yukhari-Bash”, Sheki City.

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