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All i can say, if you are in Sheki you must visit this place. But not sure if everyone will like it. The architecture itself is great and amazing but taking photos are not allowed and nothing much to look.
Sheki khan's palace is a highlight on the visit of every tourist there. It lies in the citadel and is frequented by tourists.
However, In this context I would like to attract your attention to its less visited" brother", the khan's winter palace, which is...More
stunningly beautiful and exquisite interior. regretful that photos are not allowed but it's understandable protection. Bought some postcards at the souvenir shop but the image quality was not good enough and couldn't reflect the real beauty.
A must see. Not allowed to take pictures inside or touch the walls etc. Beautiful stained glass windows, paintings on all the walls. Coming from the fashion industry I just fell in love with the colours and gives so much inspiration. The walk around it...More
Having been assured by our guidebook and many Bakuvians that this was one of the most stunning sites in Azerbaijan, and having been mesmerised by the Khan’s palaces of Bukhara and Khiva, I had high hopes for Sheki. Unfortunately they were not met. The whole...More
The Shaki Khans’ summer palace is located a few hours from Baku
While visiting the village of Kish just outside of Shaki, the Azerbaijani long weekend getaway of choice
For the visit it is necessary to sign up for a time. If not there is...More
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I shall try and answer some of your questions:
1 Driving between Baku and Sheki. We drove this route. It is quite a long drive. Much of the journey is through countryside that is almost desert so it is hot, dry, dusty. It... More
I shall try and answer some of your questions:
1 Driving between Baku and Sheki. We drove this route. It is quite a long drive. Much of the journey is through countryside that is almost desert so it is hot, dry, dusty. It is quite hilly so from time to time one gets sweeping panoramic views. Whether you like this kind of scenery is very subjective; I enjoyed the journey but my wife did not. Along the route you will periodically come across a sort of tea room establishment. These usually have tables and chairs set outside under shady trees so it is very pleasant. You can similarly park your vehicle off road in the shade. They serve cold beer, tea, coffee ( not very good coffee usually) and have free clean toilets for their customers. Stopping at such places not only provides a welcome break but also allows you to have an insight into local life.
Sheki itself at the end of the day is just a large city like anywhere else in the world. But there are things worth seeing.
Sheki Khans palace you already know about. Definitely worth a visit. You can rake pictures outside but not inside, so we bought postcards showing the inside from the attached shop. Such postcards we did not see elsewhere in the town, so if you want postcards get them then.
Close by there is a stained glass factory still using the interlocking method originally used to put the stained glass in the palace. The factory is almost a one man band but it is interesting to see. The artisan has a special certificate showing he is trained and allowed to continue this unique and historical craft that uses no nails or glue; all the materials are cut to completely interlock. There are some unique pieces of his stained glass work available for purchase but there is no expectation at all you will buy.
The Albanian church is also worth a visit. It is really now a museum and archeological site. Thor Heyerdahl (of Kon Tiki fame) has investigated the link between the people's from here, Odin the Norwegian God, the over 2 m tall skeletons found here, and the stories in Norwegian mythology about the village called Azer. If you are interested in this sort of thing it is fascinating. The young Albanian female guide we had here was very knowledgeable and spoke tolerably good English.
The road to the village is horrendously narrow, hilly and bumpy but there are certain taxis who specialise in taking people from Sheki to the church. Check the fare BEFORE you board! Also expect a very bumpy ride. But we thought it was well worth it.
Apart from that within the city there are synagogues, churches, mosques, museums, etc to see.
Hope that helps.