Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakh – one of the famous representatives of the Karabakh school of architecture

Baku, September 10, AZERTAC

Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakh was an Azerbaijani architect and one of the prominent representatives of the Karabakh school of architecture.

He made a special contribution to the development of Karabakh architecture.

In the buildings built by him, especially in the mosques, the constructive elements of oriental architecture were linked to local traditions.

Karabashi designs, such as those of the mosques of Aghdam and Barda, use simple devices based on Azerbaijani architectural traditions.

The reconstruction of Imamzadeh Mosque in Barda (1868), Aghdam Mosque (1870), as well as Tatar Mosque in Odessa, Ukraine (1870), Qarabaglilar Mosque (1880) in Ashgabat are the best works of Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi.

Among his famous architectural works are also the Yukhari (Upper) and Ashaghi (Lower) Govharagha Mosques, so named for their location in the city of Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. Both were built in the late 19th century to plans by Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakh, who was commissioned by Govhar Agha, the daughter of Karabakh Khan Ibrahim Khalil.

Both were built in the elegant double-minaret style typical of mosques in the Karabakh region, and both were badly damaged during the First Karabakh War.

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