Restoration of the Ashagi Govhar Agha Mosque

On May 10, 2024, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visited the Ashagi Govhar Agha Mosque in Shusha to review the ongoing restoration work. The restoration is being carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with support from PASHA Holding. Specialists from Austria, Italy, Latvia, and Türkiye are involved in the project.

The Ashagi Govhar Agha Mosque, designed by architect Karbalayi Safikhan Garabaghi in the 19th century, was the first mosque in Shusha commissioned by Govhar Agha, the daughter of Ibrahim Khan. During the occupation of Shusha, the mosque suffered significant damage due to Armenian shelling and vandalism.

During the restoration review, it was noted that various inscriptions and a carved cross were discovered on the walls, indicating acts of vandalism by Armenians during the occupation.

Local and international experts have assessed and planned the restoration of the mosque, ensuring the work aligns with its original architectural style. Conservation and restoration efforts include reinforcing historical patterns on the domes’ interior surfaces using micro-injection techniques. The minarets have been restored, and extensive repairs are being made to the roof and flooring. The restoration also covers the mosque’s madrasa section.