The Palace of the Shirvanshahs
The Palace of the Shirvanshahs in Azerbaijan is a 15th century palace complex, described by UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture". It is located in the Inner City, or Old City, of the capital Baku. Together with the Maiden Tower and other historic monuments, it is inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments.
In the 15th century the Shirvanshah dynasty, under Ibrahim I of Shirvan, transferred his capital from the city of Shamakhi to Baku following a devastating earthquake. He committed himself to the construction of the palace - a memorial complex built around the sacred place of worship (pir) and tomb of Seyid Yahya Bakuvi, a Helwati Sufi saint.
The complex contains the main palace building, the divanhane (banqueting hall), burial vaults, a mosque with a minaret, the mausoleum of philosopher and thinker Seyid Yahya Bakuvi, Murad’s Gate, a reservoir and the remains of a bath house.