Eastern inns, in which tired travelers spent their nights dusting along the Great Silk Road for years - perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Azerbaijan. The name, moreover, they are very exotic - caravanserais.
Eastern inns, in which tired travelers spent their nights dusting along the Great Silk Road for years - perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Azerbaijan. The name, moreover, they are very exotic - caravanserais. Many centuries ago rich merchants and slaveholders stayed here, tying their camels at the stalls, unloading precious priceless silk, fragrant spices and fluffy bellows in their cellars under their own rooms, so that they could start again on the next morning, trade and light on two continents - Europe and Asia. Unfortunately or happiness, but today most of the Azerbaijani caravanserais turned into hotels, a pleasant exception is the inn in Sheki: part of the building is given for a hotel, but the second can be viewed by all mere mortals - it's a kind of museum.
Constructed from a powerful stone in the form of a fortress with one huge gate that could always be closed in case of danger, Sheki caravan-saray makes an impressive impression. Walking on his paved floor, touching the walls that remember thousands of fates, tragedies and stories, enjoying the atmosphere of comfort and peace in a shaded courtyard closed on all sides, one can say with full confidence: yes, now I have experienced the real East.
And this despite the fact that this caravan-shed can be called relatively young - it was erected around the end of the 18th century and remained practically in perfect condition. The complex includes two buildings - "Yukhary" ("Upper") and "Ashagy" ("Lower") caravanserais.
Eastern inns, where tired travelers stayed for years, dusting along the Great Silk Road - perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Azerbaijan.
The lower caravanserai in the form of a rectangle (55x85 m) today consists of 242 rooms. Previously, in its picturesque courtyard there were shopping arcades and a swimming pool, while merchants and merchants stopped in the rooms. Having rested an hour or two off the road, they immediately began to offer their products on the spot, so that the next day they should start off again. Since 1988, this part of the caravanserai has become a hotel. There is also a restaurant with a national cuisine.
The upper caravan-shed in the form of a trapezoid, despite the fact that it occupies a smaller area, consists of 300 rooms, which can be accessed by ordinary tourists with sightseeing purposes.
Address: Mirza Fatali Akhundov, 185, Sheki.