Journey to tradition and history
DISTANCE FROM BAKU – 305 KM.
Khansarai (Palace of the Sheki Khans) This palace, along with the Caravansarai, is one of Sheki’s true must-sees. During the city’s period of independence as the Sheki Khanate, Khan Hussein constructed the palace, its gardens, and fortifications to serve as the summer palace of the Sheki Khans. The palace is exquisite, inside and out, and the courtyard boasts panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountain forests. You could make a good half day of this one site, as there are also various museums, parks, and a nice tea house right on the palace grounds. Shabaka are stained glass windows made by national Azerbaijani masters, without glue or nails. Shabaka fill walls and window openings of halls and rooms in the Palace of Shaki Khans. Geometric patterns of shabaka-windows harmonize with the general composition of the palace’s façade. Stained-glass windows of central halls and side rooms open on the façade. These stained glass windows are the special feature in the palace’s architecture.