revealing the treasures
of Azerbaijan

Day #1:

you will visit two mausoleums, Azerbaijani writer’s house-museum, Shamakhi’s mosque and famous Mysterious palace of Sheki Khans.

Diri Baba Mausoleum

On the way, you will stop in the village of Maraza to look at the ancient mausoleum of Diri Baba. The mausoleum was built in the 14th century.

Yeddi Gumbaz tombs

in Shamakhi we visit an architectural monument, that was built for Mustafa khan's family in 18th century – the tombs of the last Khan.

Heading to Shamakhi, the oldest city standing on the Great Silk Road, that was the Shirvan Khanate’s capital in the 8-16th centuries, also being a residence of famous Shirvanshahs. 

An ancient Mosque in Caucasus

The Juma Mosque of Shamakhi – the largest religious building in the city, among others, was built in the 8th century (742) and is considered the first mosque in the Caucasus after the cathedral Derbent’s Juma Mosque (734).

 

The mosque is a large complex of  pare of spire minarets, one central and two side halls, a pointed dome, columns of side sections and an oblong interior.

 

Due to frequent destructions, mainly caused by earthquakes, it was reconstructed in 1656, 1860, 1909, and lastly in 2009.

Heading to very popular city called Gabala located in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus spine in the heart of Azerbaijan. 

Gabala attractions

Nohur Lake is a hidden gem of Gabala district, only 3 km away from the city. Unfortunately, it's not allowed to swim in the waters of the Nohur Lake, but you can walk along the shore or ride a catamaran.

Gabala Cable Car is a highlight of the city. Divided into three parts, you can have an enjoyable experience with really nice views of the city. Tufandag Rope lines are a great opportunity to see the mysterious nature of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Tufandag invites you to this fascinating journey with 4 ropeways with a length of 5.8 km.

The next stop for today is the excavations site of the ancient city Kabala, the former capital of the Caucasian Albania. 

The remains of Kabala, ancient capital of Albania

Gabala is one of the ancient cities of Azerbaijan. Gaius Plinius Secundus describes it as Kabalaka, the main city of ancient Albania. Indeed, remains of ancient Gabala are located 15 km away from th city center, in Chukur-Gabala. Archaeological excavations of an ancient settlement proove the urban life in Gabala originates from the 1st century and lasted until the 18th century.

the SEBA company wants to draw the scientists’ attention to this place, so excavations are underway here but, same as in Kish, you can observe the burial places of unusually tall people.

You get to know history and culture of this hospitable community by visiting the beautiful Albanian Church of 17th century.

The Christian church in the heart of Azerbaijan

The village of Nij, just 20 kilometers southwest of Gabala, is home to more Udis than anywhere else in the world. The Udins are Christians and direct descendants of one of the main tribes that lived in Caucasian Albania.

 

This cozy church is sheltered under the shade of majestic plane trees (“Chinars”) inside of a large garden, where there is also a special place for baptism and dedication

Heading to Shamakhi, the oldest city standing on the Great Silk Road, former capital of the Shirvan Khanate’s back in 12th century, also being a residence of famous Shirvanshahs.

Juma Mosque in Shemakhi

“Juma Mosque” – the largest religious building in the city, among others, was built in the 8th century (742) and is considered the first mosque in the Caucasus after the cathedral Derbent’s Juma Mosque, built in 734. The mosque is a large complex of  pare of spire minarets, one central and two side halls, a pointed dome, columns of side sections and an oblong interior.

Due to frequent destructions, mainly caused by earthquakes, it was reconstructed in 1656, 1860, 1909, and lastly in 2009

Sabir's House museum

TEMPORARY CLOSED

In September, 2017 it was closed and disassembled for restoration, because of a wreck in the wall of the museum

if desired, guests can also enjoy traditional cuisine in the authentic roadside restaurant

Heading to very popular city called Gabala located in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus spine in the heart of Azerbaijan. 

Gabala attractions

Nohur Lake is a hidden gem of Gabala district, only 3 km away from the city. Unfortunately, it's not allowed to go for a swim in the waters of the Nohur Lake, but you can walk along the shore or ride a catamaran.

Gabala Cable Car is a highlight of the city. Divided into three parts, you can have an enjoyable experience with really nice views of the city. Tufandag Rope lines are a great opportunity to see the mysterious nature of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Tufandag invites you to this fascinating journey with 4 ropeways with a length of 5.8 km.

Next stop

Then we will visit an authentic place, a small village with a population of 4000 people, where you will explore the heritage of ancient Caucasian Albania. You get to know history and culture of this hospitable community by visiting the beautiful Albanian Church (“Jotari”) of 17th century.

Albanian church "Jotari"

The village of Nij, just 20 kilometers southwest of Gabala, is home to more Udis than anywhere else in the world. The Udins are Christians and direct descendants of one of the main tribes that lived in Caucasian Albania.

 

This cozy church is sheltered under the shade of majestic plane trees (“Chinars”) inside of a large garden, where there is also a special place for baptism and dedication

At last, arrival to the infamous mysterious Shaki.

Shaki Khans' palace

CIty is a center for the silk products manufacture, but also famous for its handmade. Here you can buy jewelry, engraved products of local craftsmen, silk head scarves and silk carpets.  Sheki is a well-groomed city with its architecture (red tiles), Sheki was founded in the 5th century BC.

There are  numerous ancient buildings, the Gilehli minaret of the 18th century, but without a doubt, the most unique is the magnificent summer palace of the Sheki khans, built in the 17th century without a single nail with a luxurious hand-painted wall and stained glass windows.

after settling in the Sheki hotel , you will have a delicious dinner to choose from and free time in the city
after settling in the Sheki hotel , you will have a delicious dinner to choose from and free time in the city

Day #2:  

you will visit Caucasian Albanian temples, house-museum and excavations of ancient civilizations.

Ancient Albanian church of Elisha

 

You will find that before the arrival of Islam in this region, the descendants of the ancient people of Caucasian Albania lived here, who adopted Christianity from the holy apostle St. Elisha.

Caravansary aka the Karavanseray

Two magnificent caravanserai, known as upper and lower (“Yukhari ve Ashagi”), have survived to this day in  Sheki. One is a two-story inn with its own inner garden where merchants and foreigners could stop and trade during their stay. The first floor of the inn served as trading point and warehouses, and the second floor was intended for housing; rooms for rent here.

So, after a hearty lunch, you arrive to the one of most ancient and unique places in whole Azerbaijan, infamous Sheki city.

Sheki Khans' palace

There are  numerous ancient buildings, the Gilehli minaret of the 18th century, but without a doubt, the most unique is the magnificent summer palace of the Sheki khans, built in the 17th century without a single nail with a luxurious hand-painted wall and stained glass windows.

City is a center for the silk products manufacture, but also famous for its handmade. Here you can buy jewelry, engraved products of local craftsmen, silk head scarves and silk carpets. Sheki is a well-groomed city with its architecture (red tiles), Sheki was founded in the 5th century BC

Next stop is a house-museum of Azerbaijani writer, educator, poet, materialist philosopher and public figure, founder of national drama and literary criticism, Mirza Fatali Akhundov. 

M. F. Akhundov's house museum

Akhundov was born in this house and spent his childhood and adolescence here. This museum is also the first memorial museum opened in Azerbaijan.

join the most ancient adventure to northwestern Azerbaijan and get to know artisans' ancient city

Sheki

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