Caucasus Photo Journal – Week 6: Quba and Sheki

Every Friday during our three-month trip through the Caucasus I plan to publish a short series of photos that sums up the week that was.

This week we put our newfound style of travel – ‘flexi travel’ – to the test and ventured into rural Azerbaijan without any real itinerary and no advance hotel bookings. We planned to make a few stops in the country’s northeast before doubling back to Baku and continuing on into the northwest. Our first trip out to the little city of Quba fell terribly short of our expectations – but Sheki, our second stop, was better than we could have imagined. Wanting to end our travels in Azerbaijan on a high note, we decided to call it a day and headed back to Tbilisi after two nights in Sheki.

This week I posted about travelling from Tbilisi to Baku by overnight train, and I also shared a series of photos of the monumental Heydar Aliyev Center and a short post about Baku’s Old City. More stories from Quba and Sheki are coming soon.

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Tandem carpet weaving at the Qadim Quba workshop.

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The pretty streets of Sheki. We spent a good amount of time just wandering around taking photos of Ladas and painted gates.
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Hanging out in Sheki.
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The Caravanserai Hotel in Sheki. Caravanserais were built to house traders travelling on the Silk Road. Sheki was a major centre of silk production in Azerbaijan, so the city has plenty of old caravanserais. This one was turned into a hotel in the 1980s.
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The (summer) Palace of the Sheki Khans – replete with coloured plasterwork, Sheki’s own version of stained glass and picture-book murals inside every room.
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Sheki’s famous stained glass is made without glue or fasteners. This photo was taken inside the Sheki Khans’ winter palace – there is no photography allowed inside the summer palace.
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Piti, a traditional Azeri stew that’s eaten in two stages, was a staple food for us in Sheki.

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