A very small but unusually beautiful former residence of Sheki khans can be called the "quintessence" of Eastern culture - architecture, interior decoration, wall murals: here everything says that you are in the heart of the mysterious and sultry "Country of Lights".
A very small but unusually beautiful former residence of Sheki khans can be called the "quintessence" of Eastern culture - architecture, interior decoration, wall murals: here everything says that you are in the heart of the mysterious and sultry "Land of Lights".
Located in the city center of Sheki, this monument of world history and culture was built in the 18th century in the then popular Persian style in the east.
The palace is really quite tiny: it is 2 stories high, its length barely reaches 32 meters, and the width is 8.5 meters, the total area does not exceed 300 square meters. There are only 6 rooms, 4 corridors and 2 mirrored balconies - but how beautiful they are! The facade of the residence of Sheki Khans is painted with bizarre plots on the topics of hunting and war, as well as elegant ornaments and patterns. In the center is a huge stained-glass window from a multicolored mosaic, the other windows of the palace are also collected from pieces of colored glass, which guard the openwork stone gratings. It is no coincidence that this residence is considered one of the best examples of palace architecture of the 18th century in the Caucasus. But to start better with the history of this place.
A paragraph of history
The exact date of building the palace among scientists from all over the world varies greatly - some attribute it to the end of the 17th century, someone already by the 18th century, but in Azerbaijan it is considered that the residence of Sheki khans was erected in the 1860s Huseyn khan Mushtag.
The facade of the residence of Sheki Khans is painted with bizarre plots on the topics of hunting and war, as well as elegant ornaments and patterns.
As usual at that time, the building was periodically repaired and renovated, there was even a fire, but on the exterior appearance of the palace it was practically not affected - the architects tried to adhere to the original project. For which they are very grateful: the palace is a truly unique heritage that left a deep impression on many famous tourists, in particular, in his memoirs it was described by Alexander Dumas, Andrei Fadeev, Arnold Zisserman, Lev Tolstoy and Nikolai Raevsky mentioned.
In the Soviet years, the Palace of Sheki Khans received the official status of the museum.
Paintings of the Palace
The paintings of the amazing Palace of Sheki khans are exactly what everyone wants to see here. They cover not only all the planes of the walls, but also niches, ceilings, plafonds. As a rule, these are geometric and floral ornaments, whole plot pictures and images of birds. The leading color is a noble gold, thanks to the brilliance of which the usual drawings turn into refined masterpieces of the hands of brilliant masters.
Attracts the attention of the lower floor panel with stylized images of peacocks (once sacred birds) from the "tree of life".
The authors have a lot of drawings, moreover, they are all executed at different times. There are also pieces of frescoes from European masters, and artists of the early 20th century (for example, famed Usta Gambar and his brother Safar and son Shukyur), and ancient images of the 18th century - paintings on the ceiling of the upper floor made by Abbas-Kuli.
Address: Giləhli, Səki. The palace of Sheki khans is located on the eastern outskirts of Sheki, you can get there on foot (stock up with a detailed map), and by taxi.