Historic centre of Azerbaijan's Sheki included in UNESCO World Heritage List
The historic centre of Sheki in the north-west of Azerbaijan, along with the Palace of Sheki Khans, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes natural or man-made objects around the world, which, according to UNESCO, have a special cultural, historical or ecological significance, and therefore need to be protected and introduced to a wider audience.
The ancient city of Sheki is located on the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus.
The main attraction – the Khan’s Palace, was built in the 18th Century. This is the former residence of the Sheki Khans. The two-story building has six rooms, four corridors and two mirrored balconies. Almost all the walls of the palace are decorated with patterns, and the facade is decorated with stained glass windows.
For six years, local and foreign experts evaluated the palace and the entire historical center of Sheki. The final decision on its inclusion in the list of UNESCO was adopted July 7, 2019 at a session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, reports Azertag.
This is the third case of an Azerbaijani historical monument making its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The historical part of Baku (Icheri Sheher), together with the Maiden’s Tower, and the archaeological reserve Gobustan with cave paintings, are already included in it.