Sheki

Travel Guide Europe Azerbaijan Sheki

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Introduction

Sheki was the seat of an Albanian kingdom and later the capital of the independent Sheki Khanate but most of the times occupied by all sorts of other countries.

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Sights and Activities

Within the Sheki Fortresse is the Sheki Khan's Palace, both built in the 18th century. Nearby the Karavansarai built during the reign of the Sheki Khans as a place for passing caravans, traveling traders. Now one of the most interresting hotels in Sheki. Very nice is the Winterpalast, Hikmət Ələkbərzadə küç, hiding in a small alley behind the Karavansarai. About 5 kilometres north in Kish is the Caucasus Albanian Church, built probably in the 11th or 12th century above a much earlier church.

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Getting There

By Train

The train station is about 20 kilometres south of Sheki, there is a overnight train from Balaken (near the Georgian border) to Baku, the ticket you can get in Sheki near the market.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Public buses are cheap and go about everywhere, but not in the late evening.

By Foot

The historic centre is very walkable.

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Eat

Restoran Çələbi Xan is quite nice and worth the slighly higher costs.

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Sleep

The Canal Hostel is a good place to stay, the historic Karvansaray is probably the most interesting place to stay.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes in Azerbaijan are called "internet klubs" and they are found throughout Baku. Some coffee houses provide wireless internet, but they are quite rare in Baku. Recently public wi-fi service was implemented the central areas of the capital. Outside Baku, wifi access becomes more difficult but there's a growing number of places offering it.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Azerbaijan is: 994. To make an international call from Azerbaijan, the code is: 00

There are three mobile operators: Azercell, Bakcell, Nar Mobile, Azerfon-Vodafone. Azercell is the largest one. To dial an Azercell number you need to dial (050) or (051) and then the number. Nar Mobile is pretty cheap but doesn't work in some regions. For dialing Nar Mobile numbers you need to dial (070) and then the number. Azerfon-Vodafone is new operator have 3G. For dialing Azerfon-Vodafone numbers you need to dial (077) and then the number. Bakcell is ok. It works almost everywhere and is cheaper that Azercell. To dial a Bakcell number you need to dial (055) and then the number. The numbers have a 3 digit code (different for each operator) + 7 digits number.

Post

Azer Post offers services in the country. They are affordable and fairly reliable, yet not very fast. It takes at least a week to most European countries, but (much) more so further afield. Post offices in the capital are usually open from around 8:00-9:00am to late afternoon weekdays, but keep shorter hours in more rural areas. If you want to send a package overseas, use international companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and fairly affordable as well.

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