Sheki is one of the oldest towns in Azerbaijan, claiming to have been founded some 2,700 years ago. Set in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and surrounded by beech and oak forests, Sheki was moved in 1772 after a terrible mudslide destroyed the original town. Having chased out Persian rule, Sheki was an independent khanate until the 1820s when Russia finally got a grip on it. It is home to a well-preserved khan’s palace with 500-year-old trees in its rose garden. The town is renowned for its carpets and its special type of sweet halvah. Visit the mosaic-covered khan’s palace with its brilliant stained glass work, called shebeke, and the fortress that surrounds the palace, with its History and Crafts museums.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013