|• Governor||Elkhan Usubov|
|• Total||9 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|• Density||7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (AZT)|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||Cultural: ii, v|
|Inscription||2019 (43rd Session)|
|Buffer zone||146 ha|
Shaki (Azerbaijani: Şəki) is a city in northwestern Azerbaijan, surrounded by the district of the same name. It is located on the southern part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, 240 km (150 mi) from Baku. As of 2020, it has a population of 68,400. The center of the city and the Palace of Shaki Khans were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019 because of its unique architecture and its history as an important trading center along the Silk Road.
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Shaki is surrounded by snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus, which in some places reaches 3000–3600 m. The average annual temperature in Shaki is 12 °C.
The mountain forests around the area prevent the city from floods and overheating of the area during summer. During the Soviet rule of Azerbaijan, many ascended to Shaki to bathe in its prestigious mineral springs.