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The Shirvan-Shah's Palace ensemble (15-16th century) was built when the Shah's capital was moved from Shemakha to Baku. This was the most prominent architectural complex in the medieval city. Some of the builings in the complex far surpass the palace in splendour. Despite having built in different periods without a single plan the several contruction form an harmonious whole.
The palace is a two story building, with service rooms on the ground floor and state rooms on the uper floor. Built in the 15th century by Halilullah first, the palace remained intact a hundred years. After Baku was taken by Shah Ismail the palace was abandoned.
Adjacent to the palace is the Divankhane rotunda. crowned with a faceted cupola of pointed arches, echoing a similar arcade in the courtyard. The stone carving of the portal - with intricate ornamentation and kufic inscriptions - is striking. Divankhane and Harem at Shirvan Shah's palace is Unesco world heritage site
In the complex you can also see the 14th century the Bei-Kubad Madrassa Mosque, the Shah's family tomb (the turbe) and the tomb of Seid Yahia Bakuvi (a court astronomer) the Turkish built eastern Gate and the baths.

Phone: 92-10-73
Website: http://www.shirvanshah.az

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  • Written Sep 14, 2007
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