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The Palace Building
      The two-storey building of the palace is the earliest building of all the palace constructions. There were 52 rooms, the lower floor of the building with 27 rooms and the second floor with 25 rooms. According to travelers, who had the honor to see the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, the cupola of the Palace was covered with glazed tiles of turquoise color. During the Safavis’ occupation of Baku in 1501 the palace became subject to devastation. The entire treasure of the Shirvanshahs, furniture, the palace library was taken away by the Safavis. The Shirvanshahs’ Palace suffered when it was given in 1857 to Russian military agricultural administration. Exactly in this time the second floor’s construction was seriously damaged.
      In1960s the Palace building was renovated. In 2002-2004, it has been carried out restoration works.









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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