SHEKI - One of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, Sheki is rightly called the architectural reserve of the country. Of particular interest to the tourists from all over the world is the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. It is remarkable that during the construction of the palace, not a single nail was used, and the colored glass for shebeke (national mosaic) was brought from Venice. There are many interesting historical monuments in Sheki. To the north of the city there are the ruins of the once impregnable fortress "Gelersan – gerarsan" (“come and see“) dated by the XV-XVIII centuries. There were many caravanserais in Sheki, which was famous for its trade. Two of them are still here today; the Upper and the Lower Caravanserais, both built in the XVIII century. Not to mention the Albanian temple in the village of Kish (I-II centuries), where the famous Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl has repeatedly researched, as evidenced here by the mounted bust of the traveler. Finally, Sheki is also famous for its mouth melting baklava, soup piti (stew with vegetables in a clay pot), and the sense of humor of its people. Due to their sense of humor, the city is twinned with the city Gabrovo in Bulgaria.
Sheki district is one of the most interesting, original and beautiful regions of Azerbaijan. The administrative center - the city of Sheki – is one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan and is located on the picturesque hillsides of the Caucasus Mountains in the background of snowy peaks.
Sheki is rightly called the architectural reserve of the country. Of particular interest to visitors is the palace of the Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of a combination of national architecture and traditions of palace architecture. You can hardly find the second palace like this by the design and interior decoration. It is known that during the construction of the palace a single nail was not used. Mosaic in there is made in traditional style Shebeke (colored glass decoration).
Many other historical monuments were also preserved in Sheki district. To the north from Sheki near the Kish village are ruins of once mighty fortress “Gelersan – Gerarsan” (“You will come and see”). For years the fortress was impregnable to enemies and guarded the approaches to the city.
Sheki is a sister city of the Bulgarian city Gabrovo. Residents of these cities have a lot in common, especially when it comes to a sense of humor and ability to tell jokes. There is Sheki’s theatre of laugh with summer and winter grounds in the ancient caravanserai.
Several crafts are still supported in Sheki. The city still has street names that indicate the ancient professions – Duluzchular (potters), Zargarlar (jewelers), Halvachylar (confectioners), etc. By the way, be sure to try the famous, mouth-watering Sheki baklava, which is manufactured and sold in numerous family confectionary stores in the city center.
By the way, you can stay in Sheki not only in modern hotels but also at “Sheki-Karvansaray” built in the 18th century as a place to sleep on the Great Silk Road.
Tourists can stay in the recently renovated and improved Sheki Olympic Complex. The hotel is a two-storey building and in its courtyard are also one and two-storey cottages. The hotel and cottages are well decorated and equipped with central air conditioning and ventilation. It has an indoor swimming pool, billiards, table tennis, tennis, sauna, water park, game room for kids, etc. The quality and range of services are fully comply with 5-star accommodation.
Riding the horse and accompanied by instructors guests can enjoy the surrounding beauty, views of ancient Albanian churches, fortress Gelersen-Geresen, medieval tower Shinaz and many other outstanding monuments of architecture.
A horse tourism – travelling on horseback also can be considered as a cognitive and healthy. There are all opportunities for it in Sheki: the Republican Center of Equestrian Tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan is located in one of the most beautiful places in Sheki region - the village of Dashyuz.
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The extraordinary and elegant Sheki Palace Hotel has opened its doors in the unique historic part of Sheki – Old City. The architecture successfully combines classical and national patterns. The Hotel is luxuriously decorated with marble and stone. Sheki Palace Hotel provides excellent business facilities. Businessmen are offered up to date office amenities, internet access and meeting room.
Located in Sheki, this hotel is 200 m from Sheki City Park and 3 km from Sheki Old Town. It includes the on-site restaurant, garden and children’s playground. Air-conditioned, soundproofed rooms come with a TV and minibar. Suites feature a balcony. Private bathrooms are fitted with a bath, hairdryer and bathrobes. Guests can enjoy Azerbaijani and European cuisine at the Shebeke Restaurant, or have a drink at the Buta Bar. BBQ facilities are also available. Sheki Train Station is 30 km from Sheki Saray Hotel. Zaqatala International Airport is 100 km away. We speak your language!
ssam Hotel is located in the centre of Sheki. It features an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided. All bright rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Free toiletries, slippers, bathrobes and a hairdryer are available in a bathroom. The on-site restaurant serves various Azerbaijan and European dishes, and guests can have a drink at the bar. Issam’s spa centre offers different treatments, including massage services, and it is possible to work out in a gym. The entrance to spa area is free of charge for the hotel's guests.
Distance from Baku - 305 km
Population - 175,7 thsd person
How to get to - Auto transportation