This diminutive palace and complex is stunningly gorgeous in its interior. Set in the foothills of the south Caucasus mountains, the setting is just as much a part of the magic. Check out the murals in the central room upstairs, complete with images of war victories and severed heads.
Around the complex, the Albanian Christian church has a photogenic exterior, though the interior museum -- along with the ethnographic museum across the road -- are largely forgettable.
The stained glass workshop makes for a nice visit after the palace. Head into the craft market to the right just inside the main compound gate to see the work in progress.
(Note: Photos are strictly prohibited inside the palace itself, and staff can be sharp in regards to keeping this regulation enforced.)