Dear Friends ! We want to show you how gorgeous Azrbaijan is, therefore we launch our new project ! We aim to introduce you the most beautiful and gorgeous cities and explore the most significant places in this beautiful country!
Today we start with Sheki! The city of Sheki is located 380 km to the west of Baku close to Georgian border. Sheki is set in a picturesque mountain area rich in narrow gorges and green valleys, springs, purest rivers, water falls and mineral water springs framed by dense woods and alpine meadows. Not far from Sheki in one of the most beautiful and picturesque places of the country is the Markhal Resort.
Archeological data testify that the city can be considered one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus; many finds on its territory are dated as old as 2,500 years. Sheki was famous as the city of craftsmen and merchants. Merchants and traders from the countries of the Great Silk Way used to gather there. Therefore, a great attention was paid to construction of Caravansaray . So in the 18th - 19th centuries 5 big caravanserais were active in Sheki. Only two of them have survived. Caravansaraies were built with a view of all convenience and safety of merchants and their goods. In Sheki caravanserais merchants stored their goods in cellars , traded on the first floor, and lived on the second. Nowadays you still have chance to stay in real Caravansaray with all authentic traditions and of course food.
Second heritage in Sheki is national dishes. Every local person will be proud to introduce you to the famous piti and other traditional meals. Also the locals celebrate their culinary traditions on the National Culinary Festival . You can eat there not only piti , but also Halvasi, variety of vegetable soothes and many more.
Last but not least to be mentioned is enormous amount of the architectural monuments that every azerbaijanian person is proud about. We should firstly mention ancient majestic royal palace of Shekin Khans that was erected in the 18 th century without a single nail (!) with magnificent wall paintings and tracery windows in the stone citadel. Very attractive are Gemsen-Geresen fortress (8-9 th centuries), numerous caravanserais, house of Sheki Khans, Djuma Mosque (18th century), the Gileilin Mosque minaret (18th century), and medieval baths.
Sheki - is one of the best places to spend time with your friends and family while in Azerbaijan.