Located on the Silk Road, Sheki is one of the oldest cities in Azerbaijan. The city is located in a mountainous area with a beautiful view.
The green valleys with an extremely aesthetic appearance, the chilly springs, engrossing rivers, velvetlike meadows give its nature a special beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm that Shaki is one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus. Some of the finds here are 2500 years old. Sheki was one of the largest cities in the Albanian state in the 1st century. Ancient Albanian Temple was located in this area.
Sheki is located at an altitude of 500-850 m above the ocean level. There are many historical and architectural places in the city. The Khan’s Palace, the residence of Sheki Khan, is one of the best-known symbols of the city. The frames of windows, rooms were completed with stained-glass vitrage work in the palace building. Latticework was made with small wooden details without using glue and nails.
Presence of defensive structures along with other material and cultural monuments in the Shaki region shows that this land has great strategic importance, ancient and rich history, immense construction experience. One of such buildings is located in the fortress of Narinja in Shaki. The castle was built during the reign of Sheki Khan Haji Chalabi (1743-1755), the founder of the first independent khanate in Azerbaijan.
The ancient city of merchants and travellers has experienced an important mission, preserved their identity and traditions. Sheki’s antiquity has not disappeared in modernization by any urbanist influences. The ancient buildings, historical and architectural monuments are properly preserved and transmitted from generation to generation.