Azerbaijan National Committee of International Council of Museums 

Beynəlxalq Muzeylər Şurasının   Azərbaycan Milli Komitəsi
   Historical museums and reserves  
State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve                        "Complex of Shirvanshahs' Palas"
  Address: 76, Gasr dongesi, Icheri Sheher, Baku AZ1004
Telephone: (449 12) 492 10 73, 492 83 04
  Hours of work: every day from 10.00 am to 18.00 pm
Belonging: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and
Executive Power of Baku
Foundation: 1964
Branches: «Maiden Tower» (Icheri Sheher); «Ateshgyakh» - (Surakhani)

Brief description: Museum-reserve preserves and propagandizes unique residence of great rulers of Shirvan state - Palace of Shirvanshahs. Shirvanshahs' Palace was constructed by the 35th Shirvanshah Khalilullah I in the XV-XVI centuries. The ensemble contains dwelling house with 52 rooms, Divankhana, mausoleum of the court-scientist Seyid Yahya Bakuvi (Shirvani), Portal of Eastern Gate, Palace mosque with minaret, Shirvanshahs' family tomb, Palace bathhouse, and 70-stepped underground water-reservoir. Palace constructions are situated on the highest hill of the historical center of Baku - Icheri Sheher. Huge portals of the palace and buildings with minarets and cupolas, ornaments and marvelous fragile carvings of the tablets, perfectly done details of stone work have kept their freshness for centuries and reached our days in their beauty.
Brief information about branches: "Giz Galasi" ("Maiden Tower") is situated in the southern part of Icheri Sheher. This unique monument of Azerbaijan architecture is a symbol of Baku. Height of the monument is 29,7 m, diameter is 16,5 m. "Giz Galasi" was constructed in two periods: most of Azerbaijan scientists supposed the lower part of the monument to 13,7 m to be dated back from the VII-VI centuries BC. Some reconstruction works were conducted there in the XII century.
"Ateshgyakh" - fire-temple - is situated at a distance of 30 km from Baku in the southeast part of Surakhani in the Absheron Peninsula. Ateshgyakh is the fire-temple built on the area of extraction of natural gas springs. Throughout the XVIII century prayer rooms, cells, caravanserais were built around the temple. At the beginning of the XIX century the temple looked like one can see today. This temple was reconstructed by the local masters due to means of Indian merchants. The temple has been reconstructed in 1975.

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