For history buffs coming to Baku the Palace of the Shirvanshahs is probably going to be the best choice. The dynasty of Shirvanshahs was not only the longest to rule in Azerbaijan but the entire Islamic world. Inside you can shuffle between the crowds passing old baths, shrines, portals and mosques.
The palace dates back to the 15th century and is one of the few UNESCO monuments of the capital. Before being taken over by Turks, it was later rebuilt by Russians and used as a garrison.
A steady flow of tourists pass through the bottle neck entrance ready to part with their cash (just 2 euros). Glancing over to the more modern district of Yasamal is a stark contrast to the beautifully restored old town. Coming here not only offers visitors with splendid views of the city but a good jumping off point for other attractions.
Opening times: 10am - 6pm; seven days a week.
Location: Icherisheher, Baku, Azerbaijan
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