Saki

Overview

Introduction

Scenic surroundings and a spectacular gorge are among the main attractions of this city. Originally sited lower down the hill, Saki was moved to its present location after a devastating flood. Long famed as a silk center, it was once the site of the Soviet Union's largest silk plant. Saki also has a khan's summer palace (with a fresco, 80 ft/25 m long), a reconstructed Persian caravansary and a fortress. Northwest of Saki is Zaqatala, which has the ruins of an old fortress. Zaqatala is mainly of historic interest—the fortress was used after the 1905 Revolution in Russia as a prison for the mutinous crew of the battleship Potemkin. 235 mi/380 km northwest of Baku.

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