Sheki is one of the oldest towns of Azerbaijan.There is a sugestion that the name of the town goes back to the Turkish ethnonm of the Sacks ,who reached the terriotory of Azerbaijan in 7th cenury B.C. and peopled if fo several centuries.
At the end of 1743 and beginnig 1744 an independent khanate by Chelebi khan was established. The foundation of the independent state, which did not recognize the Persian shacks ,meat restoration of political sovereignth and state traditions all over Azerbaijan.
During the period of khanates an Azerbaijan architecture and building arts were developed to a considerable extent. The palace of the Sheki khans ,built in 1797,
is anoutstanding piece of architecture in Azerbaijan.Unique in its architecture the Palace of the Sheki khans is frmed for suffice to mention,for ex?mple, that each square mere of the shebeke consists of 5000 ports, connected without usihg te nails. Man branches of the popular appied art ,in particular fine samples of mural painting of the 18th-19th centuries have been collected here.
In villages of the Sheki redion there are also some Christian architectural monuments of Causcasio Albania of the past. Two of them, i.e. the church in the village of Kish and the temple in the vilage of Orta Zeizit.
The church in the village of Kish is one of major Christian architectural monuments of Causcasian Albania. The time of the erecion of the monument is defined as the 6th-7th centuries.
Mother of All Eastern Churches
The must-see for every tourist visiting Sheki is a "Mother of All Eastern Churches" - the first Christian church built in Caucasus. According to VII-VIII century historian Moses Kalankatuy, Euliseus who was the follower and of apostle Faddey was sent by the Jerusalem patriarch Jacob to Caucasian Albania and established a first church here. This church is in Kish village near Sheki was erected in 62 A.B. thus making it the first church to be built in Caucasus, even earlier than the first church in Armenia.
The territory of the temple is a cemetery, where each burial place is under the glass cupola. Some sarcophagi leave a great impression. Under the glass one could see the remains of the humans of 2,5 meter height and even higher. Ancient Albanians did not resemble the local population of today's Kish. They were of gigantic height, with golden hairs and white skin. This is absolutely uncharacteristically of Caucasian nations and oriental population in general.
There are some other mysteries that this ancient place still keeps. The internal walls of the church were repeatedly repaired during the two centuries. Today white stones are in their original look. However, in one place one could find a layer of ancient plaster. Locals believe that if one will attach a coin to this plaster and make a wish, then the wish will come true if the coin is stuck to the wall. This could only happen if the person has a clear soul and conscience. The coin of the sinner will never be tied to the stones of ancient sanctuary. As practice shows, there are not a lot of sinless souls, at least among our tourists…
KISH – THE NEW LAND OF ATLANTS
So, who were the first parishioners of the church? Who listened the ancient priest about Jesus Christ? Is that possible that they were those giant people in the sarcophaguses? Where these people came from and why they suddenly disappear? Neither locals nor scientist can give us answers.
One of versions was made by Andrey Polyakov, the finder of the Noah Arc. He visited the Nakhichevan and found a lot of direct and indirect proofs of World Flood and the traces of those gigantic people (3 or even 4 meters high). Thousands years ago these ‘Atlants’ erected in the mountains of Nakhichevan gigantic towns with high walls, built temples and berths for their shops, put a roads and terraces from the gigantic plates weighing hundreds of tons. Some of these plates are covered with mysterious inscriptions. Those giants were living on the territory of modern Azerbaijan long before the Noah’s Flood. Due to natural cataclysm most of the ‘Atlants’ perished, but some survived and reached on their vessels the mountainous regions of Southern Caucasus that has not been affected by the flood waters.
One of this places apparently was Kish village. Survivors settled here and most likely we would not know even that unless preacher Euliseus. They were small in numbers, they cemeteries and cultural monuments has not been preserved, their graves are lost in mountainous forests and burial places of local people. The only place where remnants of ‘Atlants’ has been found is the church in Kish village. There is no doubt that newcomers were of higher intellect, more developed culture than mountain-dwellers who were not resembling ‘Atlants’ even in appearance.
‘Atlants’ could easily comprehend the teaching of Euliseus. Perhaps they views on the universe were generally the same, they were sharing the belief in one God that could make them undergo many severe trials and mercy by giving the saving. ‘Atlants’ went through stringent tests and were saved from the Flood by the God’s will. Having shared the teaching of Euliseus in Jesus they helped the preacher to build a temple in Kish and became his followers and parishioners.
Unfortunately, the ‘Mother of all Eastern Churches’ was the last refuge of ‘Atlants’ on Caucasian land. Years later they disappeared without leaving a trace.