Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque


Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque (Lower Govhar Agha Mosque) is a mosque in Shusha built by the architect Karbalaei Safi Khan Gharabaghi at the expense of Govhar Agha in the years 1874-1875. The last ruler of the Karabakh khanate Ibrahim khan’s daughter Govhar Agha (real name Govharnisa) was a famous philanthropist of that time. The designation ashaghi ("lower") refers to the location of the mosque in the lower section of Shusha town, distinguishing it from the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque, the similarly named mosque located in the upper section of the town. Construction of Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque was completed approximately 8 years before the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque was built. During the occupation of Shusha in May, 1992, the building and minarets of Ashaghi Govhar Agha Mosque were severely damaged by being exposed to the shooting of armoured vehicles.