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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 is characterized by a healthy mountainous climate. The city has unique position surrounded by hills and mountains on all sides.
These protective barriers make Sheki comparatively cooler in summer and warmer and rainier in the winter months than other cities in Azerbaijan. Average summer temperature is about +35C, +38C, in winter +5C, -10C, in autumn +25C, in spring +15C, +20C. The best time to go to Sheki is from May to October.
There are approximately 70.000 residents in the city of Sheki. Including the residents of neighboring villages, there are over 170.000 people in the region of Sheki.
2016.06.16 / 13:59