Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi

Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi (Azerbaijani: 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 Sefikhan 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]

Kərbəlayı Səfixan Qarabaği
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Stamp of Azerbaijan, dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan
Died25 June 1910(1910-06-25) (aged 93)
BuildingsAshaghi Govhar Agha Mosque

Agdam Mosque

Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque


A characteristic feature of creativity of Karabakhi was rational and skilful 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."

The constructed projects by Karabakhi include a mausoleum 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. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. 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. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  4. ^ Rustamov, Intiqam. "Bərdə İmamzadəsi" (in Azerbaijani). ihq.az. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  5. ^ Salimova, A,T. ВЛИЯНИЕ ХРИСТИАНСТВА НА АРХИТЕКТУРУ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНА. Azerbaijani University of Architecture and Building (in Russian). bakililar.az.