Shaki is a historical city of Azerbaijan offering tourists familiarization with the history of the country. Once it used to be one of the most magnificent cities of the Orient, the capital of the Shaki khanate, and now travelers can feel the former might by studying local monuments of architecture, history. Tours to Shaki are worth buying for those who think that holidays must not only be pleasant, but informative as well.
One of the most magnificent cities of Azerbaijan, Shaki, is located at the southern foothill of the Greater Caucasus. In the territory of the city there are both mountain peaks, and picturesque woods, as well as mineral springs, around which sanatoria have been built. Let alone the variety of historical and architectural monuments. In general, the city offers any type of rest to suit any taste.
What is worth seeing in Shaki?
Contemporary researchers know not that much about the ancient history of the city of Shaki: the year of Shaki foundation has not been found, its approximate age is 2,500-2,600 years. It is clear that such a long period of the city’s existence and development cannot but leave an imprint on its appearance: going along the winding streets of Azerbaijanian Shaki, you will have a chance to feel the perfect atmosphere.
Shaki stands for cool mountain pastures and fertile valleys, orchards and wonderful landscapes. Since ancient times there has been actively developing armory and blacksmith, and copper jewelry, tailoring and pottery. Until now within some excursion tours travelers are made acquainted with the origins and customs of Azerbaijanian crafts.
Besides those secrets of Azerbaijan craftsmen, Shaki will impress you with the richness of architectural and historical monuments. Make sure to include into the sightseeing program a visit to:
The Palace of the Shaki khans. The most valuable monument of architecture of the XVIIIth century. The Palace was once included into a complex of palace edifices and the residence of the Shaki khans. The Palace is a two-storeyed building, with the façade with latticed lifting frames, decorated walls;
Houses of the Shaki khans. A monument of architecture of the XVIIIth century. There resided and had rest close relatives of the Shaki khans. The houses contain a very beautiful decorated Bukhar-fireplace which was furnished with tiled stoves;
Caravanserais, the Upper and the Lower. Also belong to the XVIIIth century. The height of Caravanserais is 14 metres, each of them has over two hundred rooms. The upper Caravanserai is now used as a hotel;
The Shaki fortress. The length of the fortress wall makes up 1,300 metres, the height – 8 metres in the south, 4 metres in the north. 21 protective towers have been built along the wall.
The sights of Shaki can be enumerated endlessly, but the above list is absolutely enough for you to make sure that this city of Azerbaijan is worth being included into your tourist route.
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