Sheki Khans’ Palace

Nestled at the top of Sheki, Azerbaijan, the Sheki Khans' Palace stands as a magnificent testament to the khanate period's intricate artistry and architectural prowess. Built in the late 18th century as a summer residence for the ruling Sheki Khan, the palace showcases a remarkable level of detail in its exterior and interior designs, including vibrant frescoes and geometric patterns.

One of the most striking features of the Sheki Khans' Palace is its shebeke, a traditional craft of assembling wooden lattices with thousands of pieces of colored glass without the use of glue or nails. The palace's windows offer a stunning display of this technique, casting a kaleidoscope of light throughout the six rooms, four corridors, and two mirrored balconies that make up the structure.

Each room of the palace is uniquely decorated with miniature paintings of mythical birds, gardens, and animals created using natural paints. The walls and ceilings of the palace have remained largely intact since their original creation, providing visitors with an authentic glimpse into the Sheki khanate's well-developed wall painting tradition.

In addition to its visual splendor, the Sheki Khans' Palace has a rich history. Various rooms within the palace served different purposes, from receiving diplomats to providing the shah with a quiet place to study. The palace even features a small fountain that could be activated to mask secret conversations.

Although the Sheki Khans' Palace was not the royal family's primary residence, it has stood the test of time, surviving wars and empires. Today, after several restorations, the palace is a shining example of Azerbaijan's architectural heritage, guarded by two ancient plane trees that have protected this treasure for over 500 years. Immerse yourself in the captivating history and artistry of the Sheki Khans' Palace with the help of knowledgeable onsite guides who bring the palace's rich past to life.

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