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The palace bath-house
 
      The Palace Bath-house is situated on the lowest terrace of the complex. It was discovered in 1939. The archaeological excavations exposed a big bath-house consisting of 26 rooms, covered up with earth above which there was a garden. In 1953 the bath-house was partly cleared and in 1961 and in 2005 it was laid up. The bath-house was semi-underground for keeping the heat in winter and the cool in summer. According to travelers the walls was well decorated both from outside and inside. The bathing section adjourns reservoirs for cold and hot water – “khazna”. The water from the ovdan (reservoir) at the walls ran into the boiler-room of the bath-house – “gyulkhana” and further was distributed through ceramic pipes for which special channels were built. The heating of the baths was carried out with the condensed white oil, hardened as a yellow stone that burns like a candle. The heating went through the steaming channels beneath the floor of the bathing section.
      According to Badr Shirvanis’ “Divan” the foundation of the Palace bath-house was laid in 840 (1438).
 

 

 

 
 
 
The complex of Shirvanshahs palace
    The Ensemble of Shirvanshahs' Palace built in the XV century, is one of the pearls of Azerbaijanian architecture. The construction of the palace are situated on the highest point of one of the hills of «Icheri Sheher» - Baku fortress. Being picturesquely spread over three terrace - yards towered above each other the ensemble is seen from the sea and heights surrounding the city. The buildings crowned with cupolas with the well-proportioned portals and minaret, irreproachably made details, inimitable kind of fine and deep carving of ornaments and inscriptions, splendid masonry have come down to us in all their beauty.
    The ensemble contains dwelling - house, «Divanxane», Shirvanshahs' tomb Palace mosque with a minaret, bath-house, SeyidYahyaBakuvies Mausoleum, Eastern portal.
    Divankhane was the place for official receptions and state meetings. Rotunda of Divankhane is crowned with the cutstone cupola with pointed arch surrounded by the same arcade of closed yard. A high, well - proportioned portal of the main entrance is decorated with ornaments and inscriptions of unusual polish and beauty.
 
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