‘Yerevan’s Blue Mosque’
Yes, there exists a second Blue Mosque in the world !
Smaller than its famous namesake in Istanbul and much lesser known. But also very beautiful !
Although the entrance to the complex is in one of the main streets of Yerevan (in Mesrop Mashtots Poghota) and the gate is a fairly remarkable construction (please, have a look in the workshop), the mosque itself is located and a little hidden in the back of a garden.
Believing that the name ‘Blue Mosque’ would attract every tourist in the Armenian capital, we were very surprised to find out that we were the only two visitors that afternoon.
I also looked for other pictures of it on TE and I found no. If I am not mistaken, here you find the first presentations on TE of this historical mosque in Yerevan.
Have also a look at the details of the facade in the workshop.
The mosque was built in 1765 by the Persian Governor Hussein Ali Khan as a place for Friday sermons and features a medrese (religious college) built around a garden courtyard, a 24 m high minaret and a brightly tiled turquoise dome. This information comes from the Lonely Planet guide.
During the Soviet era it didn’t function as a mosque but it was a museum. After the independence of Armenia and with the support from the Iranian government, the Blue Mosque became again an Islamic prayer house.
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ikeharel (72887) 2014-03-19 22:54
Good morning Paul,
A fantastic pastel colors of the impressive edifice, view from a good POV through the green trees.
Inspite of the backlight on far left side, the stunning colors shown beautifully.
Fine photojob, and presentation.
rychem (37371) 2014-03-19 23:15
You have found a natural framing for this mosque, a nice photo of a pink/blue mosque with rich decorations, clear photo with nice color palette
jhm (154548) 2014-03-20 5:23
Wat voor ons de kerken zijn/of waren zijn de Moskee voor deze landen, hoelang nog in België of we zien deze ook in alle steden.
Dit doet niets af van uw schitterend foto, en een heel goede beschrijving.
Opnieuw een uitgerekende foto de moskee netjes in het frame van de bomen.
Heerlijk om naar te kijken.
Opnieuw goed foto werk Paul.
Groeten uit een zon overgoten Oost-Vlaanderen,
williewhistler (16398) 2014-03-20 5:29
I do like the natural frame provided by the various shapes and colours of the foliage which is in contrast to the gorgeous pink and blue tones of the Mosque.
The photographs and comprehensive note provide some very interesting information of this little known location.Thank you.
Sergiom (81765) 2014-03-20 5:51
Tu dois avoir eu très envie de couper cette feuille au centre de l'image avant de prendre ta photo, car le cadre de verdure est superbe autour de ce superbe dôme. La lumière est spectaculaire.
Cricri (120521) 2014-03-20 6:35
Très joli le feuillages qui cadre ce magnifique dôme, merveilleuse décorations et couleurs, les WS sont aussi très intéressant
adramad (46496) 2014-03-20 9:13
Wonderful POV well chosen to frame the beautiful mosque, surrounded by vegetation, the dome looks perfect with this intense blue color, both sensational job with this image, as with the two precious details that show us in the WS, where we see the bright colors of the tiles and beautiful design.
Gorgeous color, which gives a lot of strength to the image.
Very good brightness and perfect sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
holmertz (54293) 2014-03-20 11:55
Seeing this mosque in a neat composition like this I am surprised that I didn't have a look at it myself. I was staying just one or two blocks away, but I was more anxious to see the Sergei Paradjanov museum in the same area. Maybe it was because I had been to Istanbul less than two weeks earlier, or that the key had to be picked up at the Iranian culture centre. I don't remember, but anyway I was the only tourist almost wherever I went in Yerevan, and all of Armenia.
This really looks delightful and you used the trees very cleverly for a good frame.
Fis2 (99686) 2014-03-20 13:28
A very curious building.
Excellant composition and POV.
Good colors and light.
I like natural frame.
abmdsudi (55132) 2014-03-20 13:46
Beautiful sense of perspective and composed with lots of attractive elements bundled in; the trees are like an invitation - providing the best framing, yet do not in any way distract from an appreciation of this unique standout mosque with its fine detail, the glorious colour scheme and architectural style. Blessed with Light and the shadows bring them all together in harmony, what more could you ask for I wonder? What a fabulous view and infor notes. Congrats and tfs
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-03-20 14:54
Paul, your very special point of view, the very interesting architecture and the intriguing colors, compose a beautiful image!!
chrislo (4097) 2014-03-20 16:13
Mooie foto van een prachtig stukje architectuur vanuit een goed standpunt genomen. De moskee laat zich mooi fotograferen door het gebladerte dat een schitterende omlijsting vormt. Opvallend zijn uiteraard de kleuren en de motieven die het gebouw versieren. Alles steekt mooi af tegen de helblauwe lucht. Samen met de workshop foto's weer een mooi stukje reportage van je reis in Midden-Azië.
lousat (92858) 2014-03-20 16:18
Hi Paul,an excellent choice of point of view despite the leaf shadow that cover a piece of the mosque,i like the natural frame create by the trees,the details and the colors too are truly the best,magnificent example of architechture,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
photoray (13981) 2014-03-20 18:55
Yerevan's Mosque is not only blue but also primary pink and gold accents. And the art details are also attractive.
Thanks for sharing,
emka (99971) 2014-03-20 19:48
This Blue Mosque as ot course on my bucket list. I love all types of mosques and I have never seen any of Persian type like this one. Beautiful composition with the turquoise tiled dome against the bright blue sky. (btw, I haven't realized that "turquoise" comes from Turkey, from blue tiles that were favorite there). The ornate facade is also fine. Nice composition with the framing of the trees - chestnut, I suppose.
Warm regrads MAlgo
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-21 1:03
I see,next to Georgia you´ve also discovered another less known country.That´s great-for you and of course for us as we can learn about these new places from your photos.
This one is superb!I enjoy not only architectural splendor of this Mosque,but also your concept to frame the scene and the use of the tree to build a natural frame around the picture.
Beautiful and full of rich colors shot!
Have a nice day
claudeD (39623) 2014-03-21 5:01
very fine view from Armenia showing this very interesting architecture. I like your framing and the perfect sharpness of the picture.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mkamionka (37813) 2014-03-21 10:01
this is so beautiful.
You must have had a great feeling on this trip: a world which is so close and so different and most importantly so little known. It is like traveling unknown worlds. And what you say about few numbers visiting the mosque confirms that again. I am really looking forward what you will show next. This is a promise of a really exotic trip similarly to Georgia, but you do need to hurry up before emka sets her foot there :)
Great framing, beautiful work, thanks for the workshops as well,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-21 12:50
l'azzurro del cielo e le maioliche della moschea creano una bella continuità di colori che si arricchisce dei motivi geometrici della bella facciata.
Una bella architettura da te inserita in una bella cornice di verde creando una composizione molto piacevole.
Ottima anche la nitidezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
pajaran (61856) 2014-03-22 1:37
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj dzamiji sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na Plavu dzamiju ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting and good article on the old mosque with a description ...
Nice view of the Blue Mosque ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, beautiful architecture.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
dip (23888) 2014-03-22 2:03
I like the way you framed the mosque between the branches,
it looks really amazing and impressive,
very well captured and composed,
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-22 6:32
very unique piece of architecture and very nicely presented. The green bushes and branches of the tree frame it in natural and pretty way adding very much to the composition. Well saturated colors and properly balanced sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
mesutilgim (95520) 2014-03-22 12:41
Very nice capture from Yerevan's Blue Mosque . A beautiful competitor to our famous Blue Mosque in İstanbul.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-23 0:47
Beautiful view of the blue mosque. Excellent natural framing all around with the trees. Magnificent specimen of Islamic architecture and artwork. I like the colour contrasts between the clear blue sky, the mosque and the trees. Nicely done, thanks for sharing.
m (0) 2014-03-23 12:46
wonderful composition! Besides the stunning architecture it's the charming green framing with the tree branches repeating the shape of the dome that I especially like here. Looks amazing, great job!
Thanks and best wishes!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-24 15:27
First congrats for taken the first capture of this mosque posted in TE
How good to be alone without crying guides to visit it
Well presented and framed with vegetation
Like the mix of soft colors orange and blue, never sse them in an islamic building
jemaflor (98771) 2014-03-25 0:30
Superbe cadre de feuillage pour valoriser la vue de cet architecture très colorée, la lumière est bien gérée. On aurait quand même envie de couper cette feuille et tige qui dépasse au centre le la vue !
ChrisJ (115529) 2014-03-26 6:17
Nice use of the fg vegetation to frame the bg mosque. Good warm cold colour contrasts between the salmon pink and the blue sky. Good shadow detail and well managed lighting. I like the parallel arching branches matching the shape of the cupola. Tfs!
Angshu (56758) 2014-04-01 21:56
Indeed I see from this nicely framed image that the tiles are beautiful! You've got a fantastic location to frame this shot beautifully. The pink and blue tiles contrast well...strong light, yet the beauty is easily seen! Fine work!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-03 7:32
Awesome use of the trees to frame this beautiful mosque and it even enhance the beauty of the building. Good lighting and sharp details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.