Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi

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Kərbəlayı Səfixan Qarabaği
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Stamp of Azerbaijan, dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan
Born 1817
Shusha, Elisabethpol Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 25 June 1910(1910-06-25) (aged 93)
Shusha, Elisabethpol Governorate, Russian Empire
Occupation Architect

Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque Agdam Mosque

Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque

Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi (Azerbaijani language: Kərbəlayı Səfixan Sultanhüseyn oğlu Qarabaği) (c. 1817 - 1910) was an Azerbaijani architect and one of the representatives of Karabakh architecture schools.[1] Buildings by Kerbalai Sefi Khan Karabagi included traditional and romantic elements. Designs of Karabagi, such as those for mosques in Aghdam and Barda, employ simple devices based on Azerbaijani architectural traditions.[2]


A characteristic feature of creativity of Karabakhi was rational and skillful use of traditional local architecture. The socket of Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque built by him in 1883, states in Arabic: "Made by Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi. 1301."

Among the constructed projects by Karabakhi, includes a mosque in Barda (1868), the Agdam Mosque, the Tatar Mosque in Odessa, the Mosque Qarabaghlar in Ashgabat and other civic buildings in Nagorno-Karabakh region.[3][4]

He is also responsible for creating a single type of mosques with their unique organization of internal space - the division of stone columns on the two-story gallery and the use of domed ceilings in Nagorno-Karabakh region.[5]


  1. ^ Qarabağlı, Rizvan. "Qarabağın qədim məscidləri" (in Azerbaijani). karabakh-doc.azerall.info. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. ^ The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture / Edited by Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila Blair.. — Oxford University Press, 2009. — V. II. — P. 238. — ISBN 9780195309911
  3. ^ "XIX əsrdə memarlığın inkişafı" (in Azerbaijani). Azerbaijan Tourism Portal. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Rustamov, Intiqam. "Bərdə İmamzadəsi" (in Azerbaijani). ihq.az. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Salimova, A,T. ВЛИЯНИЕ ХРИСТИАНСТВА НА АРХИТЕКТУРУ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНА. Azerbaijani University of Architecture and Building (in Russian). bakililar.az.