Date: 09 July 2019, 19:13, READ:
The 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku has been remarkable for the historic event. The historical center of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Following the Icherisheher and Gobustan, ancient Sheki has become the third cultural heritage included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The historical center of Baku, Icherisheher architectural complex was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve in 2007, respectively. Prior to it, Sheki became a member of the League of Historical Cities in 2008. Inclusion of Khan’s Palace and the historic center of Sheki is the yield of state policy led successfully for decades - both in the country and beyond its borders regarding protection of the world heritage sites.This remarkable event is another international proof of the special contribution of the Azerbaijani people to world culture.
In his congratulatory message to the Azerbaijani People President of the Republic of Azerbaijan noted that the historical part of Sheki, one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, had for centuries been known as one of the cultural centers of our country: "The protection and development of the historical part of the city of Sheki, which is rich in unique monuments, has always been in the center of attention for our state,” he added. In recent years, numerous projects have been implemented to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan at world level. It should be noted that this activity is carried out in close cooperation with international organizations, in particular with UNESCO, which is responsible for the protection of world culture, science and education. It is no coincidence that Icherisheher, the Maiden's Tower and the Shirvanshah’s Palace Complex and the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, while 13 samples of intangible cultural heritage of our people have been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. These events represent further global recognition of the contribution of the Azerbaijani people to universal human culture.
"As of today, the Sheki Khan's Palace, the caravanserais, mosques and minarets, ancient bridges, artisan workshops and residential houses epitomizing our past in the historical center of Sheki are considered to be the cultural heritage not only of our people, but also of humanity,” the head of state said.
Note that First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva also congratulated the Azerbaijani People on the occasion of inclusion of the historical center of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
"The Azerbaijani people have reached great heights in preserving and spreading in the world the unique pearls of our national culture, customs and traditions, our historical heritage. Today we are celebrating the inclusion of the palace of Sheki khans together with the historical center of Sheki in the UNESCO World Heritage List. I sincerely congratulate our people on this historic event!” says the congratulatory message.
Recall that nomination submitted by Azerbaijan was discussed at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland and the Azerbaijani side was given recommendations on improvement of conservation and protection mechanisms of the area, development of the monitoring system and other issues. Folder on Sheki has been drafted for 6 years. In 2016, certain recommendations were given to International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) regarding the document submitted to the institution. ICOMOS report on it was heard at the session held in Baku. The history of Sheki, the latest reconstruction works in the Khan’s Palace was delivered at the session. It is noted that the history of the city was about two thousands years, and the ancient neighborhoods were erected in 1790.
Inclusion of Khan’s Palace and and the historic center of Sheki in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of the care and attention paid by President Ilham Aiyeva nd the first Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has turned the spotlight on the preservation and restoration of historical and cultural monuments exposed to natural influences, the revival of craft types, acceleration of the creation of recreational-tourism infrastructure and service areas. These important factors will also make Sheki even more attractive for tourists.