Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
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  • İçəri Şəhər • 3 min walk
  • Nizami Gəncəvi • 6 min walk
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  • sainbasha
    Irvine, California3,887 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Palace
    This palace is located within the old city of Baku. You have to purchase an entry ticket plus an audio guide is also available. A regular guide who will take you around is also available for 20 AZN currency. We opted for that. As any old structure this was also grand and within the walled city. The guide explained the history of the palace and the Shah’s and showed is the different rooms including some jewellery and carpet displays. The palace had some tombs of the family of the Shah. Also had an baths area. Overall a good place to visit and see the history of Baku. Can be done within an hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl of Old Town
    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List Site, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a complex well worth visiting. Apart from the palace itself, it has a number of other parts such as mausoleum, mosque, shrine, baths, etc. The museum side has good displays and I particularly liked the scale model of the Old Town.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 October 2023
  • ChrisThomasTravels
    Manama, Bahrain724 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy the view!
    I did not actually enter the palace itself, as it was closed at the time of my visit. However there is a fantastic viewpoint just next to the palace. From this spot, you can see four different eras of architecture in Azerbaijan's history. See if you can spot the Safavid/Persian, Imperial Russian, Soviet/Brutalist, and Modern Azerbaijan buildings in my accompanying photos!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 November 2023
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Jakub F
Czech Republic440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This was a good visit! Nice place and pretty good to stay and hour there. I only didnt like the thing that there are different prices for locals and tourists... Everybody should get same price! Not fair...
Written 22 June 2024
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mrc282
World8,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
a place worth 1 hour of your time

the views from here are not as good as from maiden tower, but maiden tower has a tall plexi glass that preclude most serious photography.
Written 13 March 2024
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ChrisThomasTravels
Manama, Bahrain724 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I did not actually enter the palace itself, as it was closed at the time of my visit. However there is a fantastic viewpoint just next to the palace. From this spot, you can see four different eras of architecture in Azerbaijan's history. See if you can spot the Safavid/Persian, Imperial Russian, Soviet/Brutalist, and Modern Azerbaijan buildings in my accompanying photos!
Written 30 November 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List Site, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a complex well worth visiting. Apart from the palace itself, it has a number of other parts such as mausoleum, mosque, shrine, baths, etc. The museum side has good displays and I particularly liked the scale model of the Old Town.
Written 27 October 2023
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inneryne2016
Tighnabruaich, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Dating from the early 15th century this is an excellent complex in which to learn much about the culture, architecture, and traditions of Azerbaijan in the Middle Ages.
Written 19 October 2023
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sainbasha
Irvine, CA3,887 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This palace is located within the old city of Baku. You have to purchase an entry ticket plus an audio guide is also available. A regular guide who will take you around is also available for 20 AZN currency. We opted for that. As any old structure this was also grand and within the walled city. The guide explained the history of the palace and the Shah’s and showed is the different rooms including some jewellery and carpet displays. The palace had some tombs of the family of the Shah. Also had an baths area. Overall a good place to visit and see the history of Baku. Can be done within an hour.
Written 18 August 2023
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Shalive
UAE 43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Palace of Shivanshahs is a interesting place with lots of history. The palace has been maintained really well.

Unfortunately, during our visit some portion of the palace was closed for a shoot, not sure if those areas are allowed for visitors.

However, this placed is worth a visit.
Written 21 June 2023
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Nestid
Baku, Azerbaijan9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Shirvanshah Palace seems to be somewhat overshadowed by Maiden Tower. The second is symbol of Baku and the most visited site in the city, while Palace is relatively in shadows and even skipped entirely by some of the tourists. Wonder why... Baku claims to have long, ancient history. And Shirvanshah Palace is the place where you can actually witness and feel claimed age to the fullest. By far the most atmospheric and authentic place in the city.

Built in traditional Islamic style, palace is actually a complex of several buildings: main palace, Divankhana (court room), mosque, mausoleum of shah's family, royal hamam, tomb of Seyid Yahya Bakuvi (medieval mystic and philosopher). Ironically, palace is the least exciting part of the complex. I found Divankhana and other mentioned places much more rewarding to explore. Architecture is very inspiring. Particularly of main gates of Divankhana - stone carvings, stalactite forms are beauty beyond any words.

In fact, Shrivanshah palace is exact mirror opposite of Topkapi in Turkey. This palace didn't preserve any ornament or decor. However, architecture, to my mind, is surprisingly complex and curious. Topkapi, in contrast, is lavishly adorned however its exterior looks, to my mind, are rather plane.

Historical sights in entire Azerbaijan don't get grander and more authentic than Shirvanshah palace. So, I personally don't see how you can skip this place no matter whether you are into medieval Islamic architecture or not. Some also complain on price.... $9 per person. To my mind the price is quite reasonable especially by standards of Europe where majority of palaces/sights go $20 and higher.
Written 24 May 2023
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LondonE3Traveller
London, UK2,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Really interesting site with a lot of history. Was a bit difficult to find as followed signs in the old town but it appeared children (or adults!) had changed the directional signage on posts. Would recommend using google maps on your phone to find your way there. The entrance is close to the old city wall as it wasn’t clear on the maps we had where the entrance was. If you’re at the double gates to the old city follow the road along the northern part of the old city wall and you’ll find the entrance.
Written 16 May 2023
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jk3972
Driebergen, The Netherlands57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Nice place to get an impression on ancient Azerbeidzjan. There are nice tableaus in English for foreign visitors. Worth a visit.
Written 8 April 2023
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